We are proposing to write a technical document in Hindi using Framemaker. The customer insists that all text, including the numbers, should be in Devanagari, which is the font set used for Hindi and several other Indian languages.
The Hindi numbers are similar to the English numbers (0,1,2,3 etc.) except that they use the Devanagari script: Devanagari numeral - Wiktionary
For the regular paragraphs, we are able to copy/paste Hindi text from Notepad or Word into Framemaker and apply a paragraph style. The sample document has a chapter number of 1 (Format > Document > Numbering > Chapter > Chapter #).
We request your help and suggestions on implementing Hindi text + numbers while using the autonumbers in a paragraph style.
Thanks in advance,
You know that this is a user-to-user forum, right? I'm not sure of the localization penetration inside FM, but I would expect that it's NOT 100%
You should probably buzz the FM folks at email@example.com for more details about your issue.
There appear to be multiple issues here. On two of them "?" and Hindi numbers, some guesses:
"?" in output commonly means that the font specified is not populated at the character code point being generated. In this case, there is perhaps the further complication that the desired "number" codepoints aren't being generated at all.
The real problem might be that FM only supports a very limited number of paragraph numbering schemes. The legacy counter types included Arabic numerals, upper and lowercase Roman numerals, upper and lowercase Roman letters (a-z). Not having looked into this for a while, I see that newer versions of FM have added an assortment of Japanese styles. No Hindi or "custom" in sight.
It is not, in general, possible to start a numbering sequence at an arbitrary Unicode codepoint, nor to define a base sequence at the end of which which it adds a digit and rolls over.
For sequences of single glyphs, it is possible to have arbitrary footnote numbering schemes, but not for normal paragraphs counters.
I might add that if I had
I'd spin off a new font with the various desired number glyphs for "0" to "9" shifted down to the U+0030 to U+0039 codepoints. Then just apply that font to the Character Format of the paragraph's Numbering style, and use normal n+ numbering.
Thanks for your helpful replies. I appreciate your inputs.
You might also create a new feature request in the Adobe Tracker:
Then others can also vote for it (especially when you post the number here) or add comments.
And it's in Adobe's database and won't get lost.
(Although it's no guarantee that this will be implemented once it's in the Tracker.)
Added the new feature request for Hindi language.
Thanks for your suggestion!