I'm currently searching for an application or a script that does a correct word count for a LaTeX document.
Up till now, I have only encountered scripts that only work on a single file but what I want is a script that can safely ignore LaTeX keywords and also traverse linked files...ie follow
texcount. The webpage has a Perl script to download (and a manual).
It will include
tex files that are included (
\include) in the document (see
-inc), supports macros, and has many other nice features.
When following included files you will get detail about each separate file as well as a total. For example here is the total output for a 12 page document of mine:
TOTAL COUNT Files: 20 Words in text: 4188 Words in headers: 26 Words in float captions: 404 Number of headers: 12 Number of floats: 7 Number of math inlines: 85 Number of math displayed: 19
If you're only interested in the total, use the