Comparison of the Word Count in Across and MS Word

The following examples demonstrate why the word count may be different in Across and MS Word.

Numbers

In Word, numbers are always counted as words. In contrast, Across counts numbers as numbers.

Example
Word
Across
123.456
1 word
1 number (and 0 words)

Words with apostrophe

In Word, words separated by an apostrophe are counted as one word. On the contrary, Across counts them as separate words.

Examples
Word
Across
l'idea
1 word
2 words (and 1 punctuation marks)
I'm fine today
3 words
4 words (and 1 punctuation marks)
Ocean's Eleven
2 words
3 words (and 1 punctuation marks)

Hyphenated compounds

In Word, word combinations in which words are connected by a hyphen are counted as one word. In contrast, Across counts the individual words.

Examples
Word
Across
Peer-to-peer
1 word
3 words
Berg-und-Tal-Bahn
1 word
4 words

Punctuation mark

In Word, a word that is followed by a punctuation mark is counted as one word. However, if the word and the punctuation mark are separated by a space (e.g. as in French), Word will count the punctuation mark as a separate word. In both cases, Across counts the punctuation marks as punctuation marks, not as words.

Examples
Word
Across
Wie geht es Dir?
4 words
4 words (and 1 punctuation marks)
Ça va ?
3 words
2 words (and 1 punctuation marks)

Text in headers and footers

In Word, the text in headers and/or footers of a document is not counted; in contrast, Across takes this text into consideration during word count.

Example
Word
Across
Text in the footer:
Across user manual

0 words

2 words

Internet addresses (without hyperlink)

In Word, Internet addresses without hyperlink are counted as one word. In contrast, Across counts the individual components of the Internet addresses as separate words.

Example
Word
Across
www.across.net
1 word
3 words (and 2 punctuation marks)

Internet addresses (with hyperlink)

In Word, Internet addresses with hyperlink are counted as one word. In Across, the counting method depends on the setting under Tools > System Settings > Document Settings > Word 2000-2003 or > Word 2007-2016 > Advanced: If the Internet address is processed as an editable field, Across will count the address as a placeable (i.e. not as a word). If the content/text of the Internet is extracted and written to separate paragraphs, Across will count both the components of the Internet address and the components of the link target.

The following figures show the different ways of processing Internet addresses in crossDesk:

Processing the Internet address as editable field:
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Splitting the Internet address in link text and link target:
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Example
Word
Across
www.across.net
(with link target http://www.across.net)
1 word
1 placeable (and 0 words) or
1 placeable and 7 words (and 7 punctuation marks)
here
(with link target http://www.across.net)
1 word
1 placeable (and 0 words) or
1 placeable and 5 words (and 5 punctuation marks)