Friday, November 9, 2007

Word count perils

MS Word and OpenOffice Writer count words differently. MS consistently comes up with a lower number. I've got no idea what the difference is: does it count hyphenated words as one, where OOW counts them as two? Do I have that many hyphens in my text? I may experiment.

7605 words in the file last night in OOW; 7567 this morning in MS Word. 38 words disappeared overnight. One more reason not to obsess about my word count.

Confirmed: I had 5822 words in the file according MSW, OOW is reporting 5840. Weird.

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