This is true, but I wouldn't call counters entirely useless for a couple of reasons. One, if you've got a half-decent counter like DH's (that is, it counts visitors, not pageloads, which is just plain stupid), it provides a very quick way to glance at a "for fun" number (no, not statistically meaningful, but related closely enough to reality to be interesting).
Two, since DH's stats pages don't track unique hosts past monthly statistics, it's a rough estimate of "visits" (not unique visitors) over the long haul.
Three, it doesn't get reset when the stats logging gets reset (as in 2001), so you don't have to bother with logfiles if you don't care that much.
I personally throw a very small DH counter at the very bottom of my pages for all of the above reasons, but it's also there if a viewer REALLY wants to know for some reason.
Oh, and in relation to the original topic, MS Word spits out some of the ugliest HTML imaginable. Not only is it hideous and bloated, but it seems to be very good at not displaying properly in anything other than an MS browser. I will give it one thing, though--if you've got a Spanish document, it'll automatically insert entities for the accented characters, which is a time saver.