Word count
Thread poster: Anna Muchin

Anna Muchin  Identity Verified
Belgium
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Greek to French
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Sep 14, 2014

Hi everyone,
I translated with Wordfast 13 Word files in which are words and codes. How can I get the right number of total words? I ran 'Analyse' in Wordfast and have the number of repetitions mentionned. Should I subtract it from the total word amount in each document?
Thank you!


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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It's up to you Sep 15, 2014

Anna Muchin wrote:

Hi everyone,
I translated with Wordfast 13 Word files in which are words and codes. How can I get the right number of total words? I ran 'Analyse' in Wordfast and have the number of repetitions mentionned. Should I subtract it from the total word amount in each document?
Thank you!


I assume that you mean can you subtract the number of "codes" from the total number of words. I don't think it's possible to do this, as most word counters will include codes or sequences of numbers etc as words. If the codes or "non-word" items appear in blocks, you can simply or cut them from the document. You might have to do it all manually. I always find it better to negotiate this kind of thing with the client, although you might find it difficult if you're working with agencies rather than direct clients.

I also try to avoid giving automatic discounts for "repetitions", as the fact that a text is repetitive doesn't necessarily make it easier or quicker to translate.


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Egils Turks  Identity Verified
Latvia
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Member (2009)
English to Latvian
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CountFast Sep 15, 2014

Do you know this tool?
I am aware this is not solving exactly your problem but may greatly reduce word counting time.
And it works, checked this morning again.

> Wordfast's CountFast utility counts the words in your documents to help you
> quote clients, estimate job size, even when away from the office, from a
> mobile device, etc.
> Instructions for use
>
> 1. Attach documents to an email sent to wordcount@wordfast.com
> We currently support:
>
> • Word Files (DOC, DOCX)
>
> • PDF Files (Scanned and Live)
>
> • Excel Files (XLS, XLSX)
>
> • PowerPoint Files (PPT, PPTX)
>
> • Images (TIFF, JPG, BMP, PNG)
>
> • Rich Text (RTF)
>
> • Text Documents (TXT)
>
>
>
> 2. The subject line of the email should *only* be the source
> language in the documents.
> For example: "I need a Spanish count for the attached files" is not OK.
> "Spanish" is OK.
>
>
>
> 3. Common languages are listed below:
>
> • CHINESETRAD
>
> • CHINESESIMP
>
> • DUTCH
>
> • ENGLISH
>
> • FRENCH
>
> • GERMAN
>
> • ITALIAN
>
> • JAPANESE
>
> • KOREAN
>
> • POLISH
>
> • PORTUGUESE
>
> • RUSSIAN
>
> • SPANISH
>
>
>
> We're working on the complete list, but note, the ISO English name of the
> language will do fine.
>
>
>
> 4. The reply to your email will include the word count for
> each document.
>
>
>
> This tool does a plain-vanilla, "count all" operation, that includes all
> items. It's like using "SegmentAll" in Wordfast Classic; it's like the
> default wordcount in WF Pro and Anywhere. Note that the consistency with
> our other Wordfast tools is close (*very* close for PRO and Anywhere, less
> for Classic), but won't be a strict 100%. The service is offered "as is".
>


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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English to Afrikaans
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Yes, you must subtract them (if you don't want to charge for them) Sep 15, 2014

Anna Muchin wrote:
I ran 'Analyse' in Wordfast and have the number of repetitions mentioned. Should I subtract it from the total word amount in each document?


The "total" word count given in Wordfast's word counting system includes the repetitions. This means that if you don't want to charge for the repetitions (except for the first time they appear), then you have to subtract the "repetitions" count from the total count.


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