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Quick Firefox Tip: Word Count Bookmarklet

Firefox Bookmarklet Counts Words, Not Tags

November 5, 2008

Articles written for Linux Planet have to meet a specified word count. Articles must also be HTML-tagged.

That means we authors need a way to count words. It would be easy in emacs ... if you don't mind counting all the HTML tags as words. Otherwise, not so easy. I can view the HTML in a browser, copy, then paste into a terminal where I'm running wc -w. But Firefox sometimes has some issues pasting large chunks of text (I thought it was bug 56219, but that's marked fixed; perhaps it's related to bug 84973) and anyway, it's a hassle to have to use two windows like that.

When I was writing my second bookmarklet article, I ran across a neat word frequency bookmarklet from wizard Jesse Ruderman. It counted words but also did a bunch of other stuff I don't need.

I've pared it down to make a simple but neat little Count Words bookmarklet. To use it, right-click on the link and Copy Link Location. Then paste it into Firefox when you're pointed at a page where you want to count words. To keep it, make a new bookmark and paste the bookmarklet into the URL field, and you'll be able to call it up on any page. Or give it a Keyword, like countwords, when you're saving the bookmark, then when you're on any page, type countwords in the URLbar to run the bookmarklet.



Roll Your Own Custom Bookmarklets In Firefox, part 2
Stupid Firefox Tricks, Part I

Akkana Peck is a freelance programmer whose credits include a tour as a Mozilla developer. She's also the author of Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional.

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