[OS X TeX] Counting words in a latex file

John Vokey vokey at uleth.ca
Fri Jun 2 05:49:47 CEST 2006

Simple answer: no.  You need the finished document to expand all of  
the references, labels, and bib tags.  So, you need the finished  
document, which, for most instances, means the final pdf.  I extract  
the text from the pdf (any pdf viewer has this as an option), delete  
all the headers, page numbers, figure captions, etc. etc., and then  
use a simple text editor to do the word count.  It still beats using M 
$-Absurd, and probably more accurate, too.

On 1-Jun-06, at 6:00 PM, TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List wrote:

> On Jun 1, 2006, at 4:54 PM, Jan Erik Moström wrote:
>> Is there a simple way of doing a word count in a latex file,
>> preferably one that
>> can exclude figures/tables etc?

Please avoid sending me Word or PowerPoint attachments.
See <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/no-word-attachments.html>

-Dr. John R. Vokey

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