Hello all! I'm working with an old manual that has been edited by many hands over the years. I'm havin an issue that looks like has been around for awhile in the document but never truly fixed. I'm hoping to change that with your help.
When I look at the figure numbers they are sequential and the auto numbering works and then suddenly it doesnt. Example: Figure 4-22....4-30 and then it will go to 4-19. I look in the Paragraph Designer and it shows the same format with counter as the previous working ones
"Figure <$chapnum>< >-<n+>< >< >< >< > ". I can manually enter the number and then will have to do the same for the next few figures and then the auto counter will work again but bases it on the manual number I previously entered. This scenario happens over and over in the chapter.
This is driving me a little crazy. I'd appreaciate the help.
Scan the document between Figure 4-30 and Figure 4-19 and there must be other paragraphs that have autonumbering set that is messing up the sequence. For example, some numbered steps. If you send me the document, I will try to find it.
If you want detailed information on FrameMaker autonumbering, check out these videos:
Thank you for your input. That makes sense to me. Is there a way to quickly scan the document to see where the number sequence is coming from and goin to? Do the videos discuss that? Unfortunately, I'm unable to send the document due to customer restrictions.
I've watched the videos and tried scanning the inbetween sections. I was unable to find anything. I then deleted the entire section between the two figures and the problem remained. Do you have any more advice?
Without seeing the file, it is difficult to tell. Are you allowed to do a web meeting? I can try to look at it via a web meeting. Please let me know at rick at frameexpert dot com.
Other suspects include disconnected pages, causing Flow order disruption, and having multiple of the same auto-number para tag in a single Acnhored Frame.
Have you tried labeled your numbering schemes? For example: "F:Figure <$chapnum>< >-<n+>< >< >< >< > ".
I'm not a big fan of the "one scheme to rule them all" methodology. I prefer labeling each unique scheme as it is easier for others to update without breaking anything.
Great point. Might be more easily found in the documentation as "series label".
Hi @Bruce5EC9 :
Were the earlier figures using overrides? When people don't understand how numbers should be defined, they tend to override them on an as needed basis. It's a short-term fix but causes issues in the long run. I suspect that is what you are dealing with.
What happens if you click at the end of Figure 4-30 and press Enter? What number appears on the next line? It it isn't 4-31, you have override issues. Since we can't see your file, I would:
See if the numbers straighten themselves out. If not, let us know what is happening. Any of us can help you straighten it out.