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answered 2012-12-11 01:34:23 +0200

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Word count or character count is really a matter of languages and cultural or historical background. US influenced countries use word count, in Germany it is or was character count, in Japan it is character count. I assume that China also uses character count as the Japanese characters have there origin in China. As for the Koreans I also assume they are using character count because the Chinese characters came through Korea to Japan..

All counting is related to space for printing. Here character counting is more precise because word count is based on a certain average number of characters for one word. I don't know if there is an official value for such an average value, but if you use a longer text and count characters and words you can establish the ratio pretty well. I assume that this value depends also on the language you are using. As for precision it all depends on how precise you need/want to be.

In terms of space on paper, Japanese needs less than English or German to document on paper the same content. Chinese should have a still higher information density than Japanese.

I am looking forward to 3.6.4, which I will install as soon as it comes out to see at the function mariosv indicated.