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Kevin Stube
Automatic Figure Numbering
on Nov 19, 2008 at 5:46:24 pm

We are using InDesign CS3 for a large document. We have heading styles 1-5 defined in in the paragraph styles, they are done as a list called "Headings" so that you get
A. Heading 1
A.1 Heading 2
A.1.1 Heading 3
A.1.1.1 Heading 4
A. Heading 5

We are trying to have our figure numbering done automatically and we have a figure style defined similar to the above. It is a list that relies on Headings list. The figure is set to level 6 in the list
We want the figure numbers to follow the Heading 2 part so that the figure numbers would look like
Figure A.1-2 where the "-2" designates it as the second figure in the A.1 section.

The problem is that 90% of the time it works, but it seems that sometimes, if you are in an H3,4,5 section, then the figure number starts back over at 1 instead of continuing. If we adjust the level from 6 to a lower number, then the headings start to skip numbers that the figures have.

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