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Word Count is counting citations as words [closed]

asked 2012-10-03 19:10:18 +0100

anonymous user


updated 2013-02-03 10:29:27 +0100

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Word count is treating citations as words. For example, the citations (89) or (7) are counted as words. Is it possible to prevent this somehow?

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answered 2012-10-18 19:07:47 +0100

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updated 2012-10-18 19:09:26 +0100

Citations consist of numbers, and numbers are words. The algorithm for word count is fixed, but you can "find & replace" all numbers in brackets before you take a word count. Save the doc, disable "record changes" (if enabled) and use the "Find & Replace" dialogue, enable "Regular Expression" find and replace the pattern


with an empty string ("Replace All"). Of course, reload the document without saving it before.

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Anonymous -- Feel free to file an enhancement bug and ask for configurable options for spellcheck (e.g. a switch to not count citations).

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-03-02 06:58:46 +0100 )edit

@qubit – "Feel free to file an enhancement bug..."

OP has reported → Bug 55586 - Word Count Treats Citations as Words.

Now marked as duplicate of → Bug 55359 - Word count gives wrong results.

See also → 4.0 New Features and Fixes · Writer · "Allow extra word boundary characters ..."

(fixed in fdo#38983).

manj_k gravatar imagemanj_k ( 2013-03-03 14:55:23 +0100 )edit

answered 2012-10-19 08:24:22 +0100

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There is a certain sense in counting citations as words. Typically an article has a maximum lenght of words as a limit for printing space. Thus it is important to count citations as they require space. On the other side, the number of citations should normally very much smaller than the number of real words.

What are examples, where citations should not be counted?

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