Trados count higher than Word count
Thread poster: Pascale Pluton

Pascale Pluton  Identity Verified
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Sep 29, 2010

Dear colleagues,

Usually we complain about Trados counting less than Word, but in this case, the contrary happened.

Not that I am complaining, but if the client (a company) asks how I came to the result of my calculation, I might have some troubles explaining that I invoice a total of 2296 words while he can only count 1846 of them...

it is a plain Word text, without any textbox.

The only thing is that there are quite a few tables copied from Excel.
Knowing that Trados and tables are a garanty for troubles, I actually translated previous similar documents in TagEditor.

Could that be the reason of this discrepancy?

This is no urgent matter but any input would be appreciated.


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Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
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Use TextCount... Sep 29, 2010

.. .for Word and Excel mixed and you will have a professional count without doubt and clearly documented.

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Local time: 12:43
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Trados has a different way of counting Sep 29, 2010

What Word counts and Trados does not is, for example, numeric values, as it skips them when they could be one segment.
But I noticed that words containing hyphens (e.g., post-operative) are counted as 1 word by MS Word but 2 words in this example with Trados. In my experience, with some complex chemical formulas three lines long, counted as 1 word in MS Word, they could account for 20 words in Trados.

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