Bug 62799 - Word count counts dashes as words
Summary: Word count counts dashes as words
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: x86 (IA32) Linux (All)
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Word-Count
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Reported: 2013-03-27 08:59 UTC by Will Kemp
Modified: 2016-10-24 21:20 UTC (History)
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There are 5 words here, but LibreOffice counts 6 (8.81 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2013-03-27 08:59 UTC, Will Kemp

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Description Will Kemp 2013-03-27 08:59:38 UTC
Created attachment 77089 [details]
There are 5 words here, but LibreOffice counts 6

Word count gives the wrong result if there are any dashes ("-") in the text. It counts them as words if they're "independent" - i.e., not if they're joining two words.
Comment 1 Brenda Granados 2013-03-28 14:20:58 UTC
Hi, thank you for submitting a bug report. This bug is related to Bug 38983 : Word counts incorrectly with dashes and other separators. It seems that the algorithm LibreOffice uses to determine word count does so by seeing the spaces in between words. That's why 

There are five-words here
There are five- words here
There are five -words here

... all result in a word count of 5, but 

There are five - words here

... results in a word count of 6.

What you can do, as a user in the other bug report mentioned, is go to
Comment 2 Brenda Granados 2013-03-28 14:26:12 UTC
Sorry, I cut off my last comment. 

The workaround for the incorrect word count is go to Tools -> Options -> LibreOffice Writer -> General, and in the Word Count, additional separators box, add the "-" character.  After you click OK, and run the word count again, it counts 5 words.

Edit to my previous comment: word count on "There are five-words  here" is 4 words.

I will mark this as an enhancement request to have "-" character as default.

Version: (Build ID: 7e5467ff8f30d821f4fbf69cb2769163eb64c2c)
Platform: Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS x64

- Brenda