Does this situation sound familiar: your client's (or your agency's) tool reports one word count, and your tool reports a different word count? As your pay as a translator is most often based on word count, this seemingly mundane number can be a source of stress and confusion.
Fear no more. Today TM-Town is releasing a new tool called the Word Count Analyzer which will help you clearly see what is causing the discrepancies in your word count totals.
TM-Town's Word Count Analyzer is a highly configurable tool that lets you choose how each word count gray area should be treated. For example, should "first of its kind" and "first-of-its-kind" both be counted as 4 words, or should the latter be counted as 1 word. Now with the click of a button you can choose your preference and see how it impacts your word count.
There is no one true way when it comes to word count. However, by being armed with the knowledge of how the word count is being calculated, you can make more educated decisions on the effort needed for a particular translation.
Is there a word count "gray area" that you are aware of that is not yet supported by this tool? Email me and I'll add support.
Word Count Analyzer is an open source tool built by TM-Town. Currently this tool supports English; however, other language support is coming very soon.
Interested in learning more about your translations? In addition to this word count analysis tool, TM-Town provides other professional productivity analysis tools to help you take your translation business to the next level. Get started today, registration is free.
Want to learn more about word count? I recommend you check out this great blog post by Paul Filkin which helped to inspire this tool.