Word count diff btw. Studio and Word - InDesign 5.5
Thread poster: Peter Adolph

Peter Adolph
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May 3, 2012

Has anyone else had the problem that the analysis in Studio 2009 of an IDML file (from InDesign 5.5) reveals considerably more words than a copy/paste from a PDF into Word of the same file?

I'm trying to figure out which of the word counts is more reliable. I get approx. 1,664 words in the Studio analysis and only 1,225 words in the Word doc (after copy/paste from PDF).

I was not able to find any conditional text in the InDesign source file.

What is your experience with word counts btw. InDesign (IDML) in Studio and a PDF of the same file?


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Eileen Cartoon  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:23
Italian to English
this is also true in Word - Studio counts May 3, 2012

I believe a lot has to do with the criteria for counting in Word and Studio. for example hypenated words are counted as one in word and two in Studio. I have also found that counts in Trados 2007 and Studio differ and it seems that the Studio count is always most favorable for the translator (or translation studio) rather than the final customer.

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