Is it possible to count words in a TM (.txt) ?
Thread poster: Danuta Michelsen

Danuta Michelsen  Identity Verified
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Sep 13, 2011


I'm proofreading a TM delivered by a client as a .txt file. My question: Is it possible to count the words in the source segments? The TM is very big and I'm looking for a convenient and effective method.

Thanks in advance for your help!



Alex Lago  Identity Verified
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Try a work around Sep 13, 2011

I don't know of any tool that will count only some words in a file, however you should be able to work around this quite easily if you have Microsoft Word.

Just turn the text into a table (using tabs as the separator) and then get rid of the column with the translation, the text that's left is the source.


Jorge Payan  Identity Verified
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There is PlusToyz... Sep 14, 2011

PlusToyz wiil allow you to convert the Trados export (.txt) to a Word table, where you can count the words in the source column only. Beware that the word count in Word may be different to TRADOS'.

PlusToyz has become tricky to find in the Web. I would send it to you if needed.



kalap (X)
+Two other workarounds Sep 14, 2011

1) multiply the number of segments by the arithmetic mean of a sample of 10 or 20 segments in an old translation. This will give you a rough estimate.

2) export the TM into .tmx, convert it into a Wordfast txt file using Olifant or Wordfast itself, paste this file into Excel, and then paste the source column into Word, display the number of words in Word.

[Edited at 2011-09-14 07:31 GMT]


japoole (X)
Local time: 13:33
TMX Sep 14, 2011

If you are able to convert the file into TMX format, you can create a DTD that could use the tu lang attribute to correctly expose only the language you want to word count.

If not, you could convert the TXT into a Word document, and paint anything you don't want to count with the Trados external style, and then run a word count on the document?


Danuta Michelsen  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Sep 17, 2011

Thank you for your help!



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