Figure Numbering in FrameMaker

Subject: Figure Numbering in FrameMaker
From: Howard Rauch <techtransfer -at- sbcglobal -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 08:14:29 -0800 (PST)

I am having a problem numbering figures in service manuals developed by my client. My job is to revise the client's existing manuals to account for annual updates and design changes for each of my client's products. I am reasonably proficient with FrameMaker 7.0, the software we are both using.

Figures are automatically numbered using a Figure tag for which the automatic numbering format X:Figure <n+> (developed by the client). Most are smaller in-column figures with a ruling line around the figure frame. In previous versions of the manuals, the client had placed the figure numbers outside the frame, but now they have asked me to move them inside the frame, so I set up a text box inside the graphics frame and tag the text as Figure. What happens is that many times, figure numbers will repeat themselves. For example, I may have three or four consecutive figures numbered as Figure 4, followed by Figure 5 and two figures numbered as Figure 6. The only way I have found to correct it is to override the automatic numbering with a specific figure number, which of course defeats the purpose of auto numbering.

The only items automatically numbered in the manuals are page numbers in a footer on the underlying page and the figure numbers. Is it necessary to set up the automatic numbering format as X:Figure <n+>< =0>?

Howard Rauch

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