Word count based on preview text, not editor text

Current behavior: Document with single line of [[test link|test]] gives a word count of 3.
Desired behavior: Word count should be 1, using only the link text, not the hidden info for the link.

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A bigger difference comes when I have comments written using β€œ%% β€”%%” throughout the document are included in the word count. This gives a feeling of a bloated note when in preview the note looks much smaller for that word count.

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Same issue, but as I refactor notes, the word count drops. That is fine, but for transcluded text I need to have that counted as well. Preview word count seems the right answer.

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I was just about to request this myself, specifically with the ability to exclude comments from the word count.

Character/word count includes the contents of Front Matter and characters inside markdown links or wiki links, formatting characters, multiple end of lines or whitespace that is stripped from the resulting formatted text.

It is a problem because for all purposes I can imagine, I need the char/word count of the resulting formatted text, not of its source. Could you please add an option to only count chars/words of the formatted (previewed) text without Front Matter? Thanks in advance.

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Yes, I’d really like to second this request. Word cout may seem like a minor feature, but it’s extremely useful to us writers who are trying to track and measure our progress.

It really needs to work correctly.

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