[OS X TeX] Counting words in a latex file

Jan Erik Moström lists at mostrom.pp.se
Fri Jun 2 13:55:57 CEST 2006

> I guess you need to define what "a simple way" means :)

Simpler than me manually deleting all tags and expand macros etc and then use
BBEdit to do the world count

Or manually counting the words :)

> Does a command-line-utility count?


> do you mean excluding the commands etc Jan? 


> Obviously you know how to do word count in BBEdit so I'm guessing
> that's what you are after...

Correct, this for papers that are have a max size in words not including
pictures/tables etc (silly, wouldn't defining font/size and number of pages be

Thank to all for the suggestions.

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