count

i am getting wrong count. instead of 3 i am getting 10.
please help.
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<script type='text/javascript' src='http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.7.1.js'></script>
<script type='text/javascript'>//<![CDATA[ 
$(function() {
  	var text = $('#tot').text();
    var wordsCount = text.split(' ').length;
	$('#total').html(wordsCount);	
});
//]]>  
</script>
</head>
<body>
<p id="total"></p>
 <div  id="tot">
    <p> this is elephant</p>
  </div>
</body>
</html>

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codelevelAsked:
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
There is other spacing around the text.  Just trim() it

var text = $('#tot').text().trim();
Nrupendra Nath PanigrahiCommented:
$(function() {
  	var text = $("#tot p").text();
    var wordsCount = text.split(' ');
    count=0;
    for(i=0;i<wordsCount.length;i++)
    {
        if(wordsCount[i].trim()!="")
        {
            count++;
        }
    }	
$('#total').html(count);
});

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RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
Building on the trim, the best way to split is to use regular expressions:

$(function() {
  	var text = $('#tot').text().trim();
    var wordsCount = text.split(/[ ]+/g).length;
	$('#total').html(wordsCount);	
});

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codelevelAuthor Commented:
rob

it still gives wrong value. i made some content changes and its showing 27 instead of correct value 14.
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<script type='text/javascript' src='http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.7.1.js'></script>
<script type='text/javascript'>//<![CDATA[ 
$(function() {
  	var text = $('#tot').text().trim();
    var wordsCount = text.split(/[ ]+/g).length;
	$('#total').html(wordsCount);	
});

//]]>  
</script>
</head>
<body>
<p id="total"></p>
 <div  id="tot">
    <p> this is elephant
    
    
    gsgasg a
    
    
    asgasg
    
    
    asfdsf
    </p><br />
    <p> this is elephant
    
    
    gsgasg a
    
    
    asgasg
    
    
    asfdsf
    </p>
  </div>
</body>
</html>

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codelevelAuthor Commented:
nrup

your solution gives correct answer. but is there a way you can remove the <p> tag specifically  as it can be div and span.
can you please provide a generic count with in a div that has any html tag.
codelevelAuthor Commented:
nrup

it works (i just corrected to var text = $("#tot").text();)
thanks.
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