There’s a lot of text editor software choice available. A cool open source software for editing text is Notepad++. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation. What I and others “missing” is the word count.
When typing on the editor the length and lines are shown in the status bar, but nowhere could you find the word count. There’s no configuration available for word count be in status bar as the contents of the status bar are not configurable. The reason that text editor word count feature is not included in real time might be the performance implications.
Anyway, that makes having word count in status bar next to impossible. But there’s an alternative though for having word count in Notepad++ text editor software which I think acceptable. Actually, word count is available by double clicking on the “length” or “lines” items on the status bar which pops-up a summary window with word count in it. Word count in status bar might not be the real deal as summary window with word count is sufficient for most case.