Re: Nested Numbered Lists in FRAME!

Subject: Re: Nested Numbered Lists in FRAME!
From: "Richard G. Combs" <richard -dot- combs -at- voyanttech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 09:23:01 -0600

Eric Dunn <eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com> wrote:

> Good suggestion Richard, but the four paragraph styles are not necessary.
> they are necessary if the second list may start on it's own but otherwise
> three of the four are required.
> List1 N:<n=1>.< =0>\t
> List1_cont N:<n+>.< =0>\t
> List2 N:< ><a+>.\t

You're right, Eric, you don't need separate pgf tags to restart numbering.
But you might want separate tags for the first item in a list for other
reasons, such as different space above. I didn't go into that because I
figured that my response was complicated enough (compared to "use a
different series") already. :-)
In my templates, for instance, I have FigCapFirst/FigCap and
TableCapFirst/TableCap for figure and table captions. The *First tags are
defined exactly the same as their siblings. But in the generated lists, the
corresponding *LOF and *LOT tags are different, putting extra space above
the first figure/table entry in each chapter. I think this "blocking" of
entries by chapter makes the LOF/LOT much more readable.

> An even better approach IMO is to have all paragraphs be part of the same
> numbering series. Have each paragraph include the following numbering:
> Para N:< =0>< =0>
> List1 N:<n+>.< =0>\t
> List2 N:< ><a+>.\t

Yes, I've seen a single numbering series used for everything -- chapter
numbers, headings, lists, steps, figures, tables -- with perhaps six or
eight counters defined. It works perfectly if set up properly (which is a
bear; not recommended for dyslexics).

I prefer to use different series for different types of content because (a)
it's easier to set up and maintain, and (b) I like to think it provides
additional "metadata." So I have one series for chapter-based numbering
(<$chapnum> included), which is used for chapter titles, figure captions,
and table captions; another series for ordered lists; and a third series for
procedure steps.

Works for me; YMMV. ;-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Voyant Technologies, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT voyanttechDOTcom
rgcombs AT freeDASHmarketDOTnet

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