RE: cross reference updates in Word97

Subject: RE: cross reference updates in Word97
From: "Martin Polley" <Martinp -at- Surf-com -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2002 09:06:05 +0200

I just tried this in Word 2000 and Word XP with exactly the same result.
(Note--we are talking plain ol' headings here, nothing bookmarked.)

Not very helpful, I know, but at least it shows how important
backward-compatibility is to Microsoft...

To be more exact, the cross-reference DOES update to reflect what was
DELETED, but not what was added.

For example, if the heading reads "Hello!" and you delete the
exclamation mark and add " there", the cross-reference updates from
"Hello!" to "Hello".

I guess the conclusion is--if you know that it doesn't update correctly
when you do it like this, don't do it like this.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Hower [mailto:hokumhome -at- freehomepage -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2002 7:54 PM
Subject: Re: cross reference updates in Word97

I'm not sure I follow on the Alt-F9 thing. I tried that and didn't see
what you're talking about.

The problem comes when I change the referent, not the refernce. So,if
the bulleted list member "AAAA" is refering to heading "AAAA", it
doesn't update if I change the heading to "AAAA1". It breaks. I
understand what you're saying with your example from Dreamweaver though.
I've had the same experiences.

Sean Hower - tech writer

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--- "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net> wrote:
>Place the cursor at the end (where you know it is going to break the
>cross-reference). Then type Alt-F9 to show the field codes. You will
>see that the cursor is outside the field. That's the problem. If you
>move the cursor to the last character that is inside the field and then

>make your correction, it should work.
>I've run into an analogous situation in Dreamweaver. If I place the
>cursor at the end of, say, a paragraph, in the document window, and
>then look at where the cursor is in the HTML code window, it may turn
>out to be before the end tag or after the end tag, leading to
>unpredictable results when I edit in the document window. I suspect the

>same thing is happening to you in Word.
>Sean Hower <hokumhome -at- freehomepage -dot- com> wrote:
>>I've noticed that when I change the heading by placing the cursor just

>>to the right of the last letter in the heading, backspace to delete
>>something then type in new text, the cross reference breaks. If I
>>insert the cursor into the content of the heading, enter new text,
>>then delete the stuff I don't want, the cross-reference updates fine.
>>Anyone know why? Anyone know of a source that explains this?

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