JurPC Web-Dok. 101/1999 - DOI 10.7328/jurpcb/199914694

Word Processor Word Counts

JurPC Web-Dok. 101/1999, Abs. 1 - 9

Anmerkung der Redaktion:
Die vorliegende Untersuchung wurde von der Firma Triacomdurchgeführt und ist auf den Internetseiten der Firma unter der URL http://www.triacom.com/archive/wordcount.en.htmlim Original abrufbar. Triacom hat uns freundlicherweise die Veröffentlichung in JurPC gestattet.
JurPC Web-Dok.
101/1999, Abs. 1


Word counts of several common word processors are commonly said not to agree. We wanted to check if this is true.Abs. 2

Materials and Methods

A standard text containing about 400 words were counted by different people on their word processors and counting programs. The sample text is given at the end of this page.Abs. 3


The results are shown in the following table.Abs. 4
Adobe Frame Maker 5.0, 5.5404
Adobe Page Maker 6.5400
IBM Translation Manager 2.0.1386
Lotus Word Pro/Ami Pro400
MS Word 2.0c400
MS Word 5.0 DOS400
MS Word 5.1/5.1a Mac404
MS Word 6.0 Mac400
MS Word 6.0/a/b/c400
MS Word 7.0400
MS Word 8.0 400
Nisus 4.1400
QuarkXPress 4.0386
TexEdit 2.0.5 Mac402
Trados 1.15402
Word Perfect Spellchecker Mac402
Word Perfect 2.1.4 Mac408
Word Perfect 3.0/3.1/3.5e Mac (spell checker counts 387)402
Word Perfect 4.2386
Word Perfect 5.0404
Word Perfect 5.1 DOS386
Word Perfect 6.0400
Word Perfect 6.0a402
Word Perfect 6.1400
Word Perfect 8.0400
Wordstar 7.0b de (7.0d en)386
Abs. 5


If you are using a word processor that is not listed here, we would like to hear your word count. Copy the sample text from the browser into your word processor. Make sure that there are no multiple spaces, no tabs, no hard returns at the line ends, and only one end of paragraph mark for each paragraph. Also, make sure the characters are not altered ("smart quotes" or similar). Abs. 6


The results speak for themselves....
But perhaps it is worth pointing out that the discrepancy in word counts will be significantly greater in some texts than others, for example if the text contains many hyphenated words, which are treated as single words by some word count programs and as two by others. Other discrepancies can be explained by the fact that some programs that used to be very popular stubbornly refused to count numbers.
Abs. 7


We would like to thank all those who helped us establish word counts for their word processors.Abs. 8

Appendix: Sample Text

Hamburg, a major city in north central Germany, is both an incorporated municipality and one of the sixteen states that make up Germany. It is located on the Elbe River about 110 km (68 mi) from the point at which the Elbe empties into the North Sea. Hamburg covers an area of 754 km2 (291 sq mi) and has a population of 1,600,400 (1984 est.). Because of Hamburg's low elevation and proximity to the sea, its weather is humid and mild. The average annual precipitation is about 715 mm (28 in.).
Hamburg is laid out in the form of a semicircle that is based on the eastern bank of the Elbe River and is bisected by the Alster River, a tributary of the Elbe, which is dammed to form a lake. The old part of the city, traversed by many canals, lies on the eastern side of the lake, and the newer part lies on the western side. During the 19th and 20th centuries Hamburg grew to its present size by incorporating the numerous communities around it. In 1842 much of the old city was destroyed by fire. After the destruction during World War II, Hamburg was again largely rebuilt.
Hamburg's main economic asset is its port, which ranks among the largest and busiest in Europe. Shipping is also the basis of the city's highly developed industries. The city's international airport is one of the busiest in Germany. Its educational and cultural facilities include the University of Hamburg (1919), several music conservatories, symphony orchestras, museums, and theaters. The best-known theater is the Hamburg State Opera. The world-famous Hagenbeck Zoo is also inside the city.
Hamburg originated early in the 9th century AD, when Charlemagne built the Hammaburg fortress at the confluence of the Elbe and Alster rivers; he also founded (811) a Christian church there. Hamburg became (834) an archbishopric that was given the mission of christianizing Jutland and Scandinavia. In 845 and several times thereafter, however, it was plundered and burned by Danish and Slav invaders. In 1189, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I granted the city substantial privileges, including its own judiciary, exemption from tolls, and the right of fishery from the city to the mouth of the Elbe. During the 13th century Hamburg became a member of the Hanseatic League. In 1815 it joined the German Confederation. The city was incorporated into the German Empire in 1871.
JurPC Web-Dok.
101/1999, Abs. 9
[online seit: 11.06.99]
Zitiervorschlag: Titel, JurPC Web-Dok., Abs.

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