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Chapter 3. Automatic Numbering

Chapter 3. Automatic Numbering

From computers to time and musical beats to universal logic, numbers play a central part of what makes the human world go round. In documents, numbers give a fixed order to things, such as steps in an exercise or categorization of topics within topics. Such an ordered sequence is often necessary for successful organization and structure in documents of any kind.

When numbers are entered into documents manually, making changes to those numbered paragraphs can be a daunting task. Throughout the writing process, editing documents happens often. Each time something within an ordered sequence is moved or deleted, all items before and after the number must be manually renumbered to reflect the change. If you’ve had the “pleasure” of carrying out this manual task, you know that it can be cumbersome at best. Luckily for us, that’s where FrameMaker’s autonumbering feature comes in.

In documents, autonumbering does just what its name implies: It automatically numbers your paragraphs so you don’t have to. After autonumbers are incorporated into documents, the task of manually renumbering any numbered paragraph is almost totally eliminated. Autonumbered paragraphs always adjust themselves as the document changes. We could almost say that autonumbering provides error-free numbering in documents. In the real world, however, mistakes happen, and we have to seek solutions for those mysterious numbering anomalies.

In this chapter, you acquaint yourself with the concepts and techniques behind autonumbering in FrameMaker. You are also presented with examples of how to construct a variety of autonumbering sequences for chapter heads, appendixes, subheads, figures, tables, and more.

Whether you are just starting to use autonumbering or you use a template, this chapter gives you the information you need to go behind the scenes in FrameMaker with confidence.


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