Re: Autocorrect SEQ fields disappeared?

Subject: Re: Autocorrect SEQ fields disappeared?
From: <quills -at- airmail -dot- net>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>, Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 15:45:31 -0600

Why does this seem to reinforce the advocacy "Never use Word".


On Tue Nov 20 7:57 , Geoff Hart sent:

>Nancy Allison wondered:
>created a set of templates, all of which use the SEQ technique to
>create "unbreakable" numbered lists. They were unbreakable . . .
>until all trace of the SEQ field autocorrect entries mysteriously
>dropped out of my templates. All of them.>>


>This suggests that one of the previous field codes has been corrupted
>somehow. One way this might happen is if one of your colleagues has
>their copy of Word set to display the field codes as {field code}
>instead of concealing the codes and displaying only the resulting
>text (here, a number). In that case, it's reasonably easy to scroll
>the cursor into the middle of the brackets and delete a character,
>thereby trashing the field code. Alternatively, if the field codes
>are concealed, someone might have inadvertently deleted the first
>field code in each sequence by trying to manually renumber a
>paragraph, and all subsequent codes that refer back to that original
>code would then be pointing to a nonexistent reference. It's also
>possible that both have happened.
>To find out whether this is the case, toggle Word's settings so that
>it displays the codes as {field code}, then check each numbered list
>to see what happened.
>edited by others, if that has anything to do with it. Undoubtedly
>they use different versions of Word and different operating systems.>>
>No idea whether Sharepoint could do this, but using different Word
>versions could explain it. For example, Word XP/2002 and earlier
>versions have this glitch in which comments inserted while revision
>tracking is enabled are accepted when you move between versions.
>They're still present in the file, but are no longer tracked as
>revisions. If possible, you should all be using the same version of
>Word. That eliminates a great many problems.
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