Counting Words

Subject: Counting Words
From: <Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:56:32 +0000

Does anybody have an opinion about the accuracy of various methods of counting words? I've never had any need to count words in a document, and so I'm not sure what to make of the different answers I get between say a plain text editor and Word.

Plain Text Editor:

296,810

Plain Text in Word:

300,820

PDF Converted to Word:

316,719


Is there any consensus about which is likely to be the most accurate? Is there a better method?

Brian H.

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