Is there a way to get a word count of natural language words in Markdown (or better, Pandoc Markdown), via the command line? It's possible to just use
wc to get a very rough estimate, but
wc is naive, and counts anything surrounded by white space as a word. This includes things like header formatting, bullet points, and URLs in links.
What would be ideal would be to remove all markdown formatting, (including Pandoc citations, if possible), and then pass that through
wc, but I can't find a way to do that, as the
pandoc plaintext output format still includes a lot of markdown styling.