LaTeX Word Count
Remember when you were crying because your mind-blowing, beautifully TeX-ed essay was rejected by the Phil. Rev. because it grossly exceeded the target length? Neither do I (well, they don’t accept TeX files anyway, but, hey, does that mean it’s not metaphysically possible?). Back from Twin Earth. In case you consider TeX-ing your dissertation, the word count is crucial, especially if you’re a lazy bastard who always aims at the minimal requirements (like me). How can you tell when you’ve reached the blesseth 60k words limit?
Fear not, your tranquility is not at risk anymore, for I’ve found two neat counting tools for LaTeX documents on teh Intertubes:
- A Pearl version, by Einar Andreas Rødland that can be either downloaded from here or used online here,
- and a Java version, by Max Lekeux, that can be found here (needs Java Runtime Environment to run).
They’re both platform-independent, seem to work for Romanian, too, and really easy to use. The Java version seems to overestimate a bit, and maybe the Pearl version slightly underestimates the count, but, hey, for us, Windoes loosers, it’s waaaaay better than the ol’ copy-paste-Alt+T-W routine.