I notice a HUGE discrepancy between SDL word count (2643 words) and PPT word count (1814 words).
On Project Settings / File Type /PowerPoint/Common, I already uncheck all the checkboxes that could cause this, such as Master view, Headers and footer, Notes, Hiden content, Alternative text, Hyperlinks, Comments, Embedded Excel charts.
Can you help me find out why this is happening?
Also I notice that PPT fo Mac and PPT for Windows present a slight difference in the wordcount.
Hi Daniela Mochny
The settings you change in project settings->file type... will only have an effect on the word count if you delete the source language version of the file and add it again (so that the file is parsed again). Nota bene that this will also delete the target language file and you will lose all translations that are not in the TM.
There may also be a huge difference between what PowerPoint and Studio consider "a word".See for example this excellent Paul's article: multifarious.filkin.com/.../
HI Daniel, thanks for your reply.
I just deleted all the Master Slides directly from the original source ppts, and reloaded them on SDL... again the discrepancy is HUGE. 11,523 words in SDL x 7,167 words in ppt!
Also read Paul´s article but it mentions MS Word and not ppt, so again could not figure out why I am getting 60% more words than the client wants to pay!
Thanks very much for sharing the excellent article. It mentions discrepancies on MS Word, and they might apply to PPT. However, it is still hard to understand why SDL word count is 60% higher than the ppt one.
It is way too much. If we had a 10% discrepancy, it would be understandable... but I am still confused.
My point was that you get the principle and the core cause of the differences. Whether it's a Word or PowerPoint, doesn't really play a role... the principle is still the same.
Now it's up to you to look through the actual content of your file, compare it to the knowledge you gain from that article and seeing if there is something that applies.We cannot do that for you since we don't know the content of your file.
You can also try to delete slides from your file and keep only one (or a few) and do the comparison with such limited file... and then manually investigate the cause (since the wordcount - and thus the difference to look fro - would be much lower).
The point is that what you see may not be what is actually inside the file - like e.g. the numbered bullets mentioned in Paul's article.
If the content of your PPT doesn't explain the differences then I think the only way to identify this is to look at the slides. Can you share them? If you're worried about confidentially maybe you could run a pseudo-translation on them and provide the target file? You can also send them to me at email@example.com if that's better than sharing in the community.
HI Paul, should I leave pictures/images in the target file after pseudo-translating it?
Is it not linked to the calculation ie including or not comments or hidden content (or even slide)?
Not at all.
I printed this one slide and manually counted it, and the total was 207, the same as Studio had. There is no comments nor anything else on it. As far as I now. I wonder if one could "trick" or "cheat" word count in PPT. That is what I am looking for, some settings or parameters on PPT that might be causing it. I tried a different thing now. Opened a blank ppt and pasted the 207 word text on the box "Click here to add title" and Powerpoint showed the word count as "1 word". Then pasted the same text on the box "Click here to add subtitle" and it totaled 61 words.
Daniela Mochny said:I may share the file with you if that helps.
Sure, why not... it sounds like an interesting puzzle to solve ;-)
Do you have an email so I can send it?
You can send it via private message here.Though I don't know how :-O :-O
I wanted to send you such message, but I'm probably too stupid for this damned forum, because it's totally unclear to me how to write new private message so that's it's NOT included into existing private thread with other user... :( :( :(
Me neither.. .I sent to Paul via email....