RE: a question for FrameMaker experts

Subject: RE: a question for FrameMaker experts
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <becca -at- di -dot- org>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 08:41:28 -0400


The first thing to ask--since it is a very common error and one that even very experienced Frame users sometimes make if they don't think about it--is whether you are remembering to execute an Update Book after making changes in the numbering setup? That is the *only* time that the numbering updates across all the files in a book. If you make changes in one file (e.g., adding or deleting a fugure), the numbering within that file will update automatically but the change will *not* be reflected in any other file in the book (or in the TOC/LOF) until you do an Update Book (and note that his is by design to facilitate the use of individual files in multiple books--it's not a bug).

And the reason why you find so many articles on compound numbering is that in versions before 6.0 it used to be a minor PITA to implement. FrameMaker 6.0 introduced two new system variables, $volnum and $chapnum, that made compound numbering easy, but required users to learn a brand-new way of setting up their numbering scheme. Hence the need for a lot of articles and list postings to instruct users in the new method.

If nobody else chimes in with the kind of specific instructions you seem to need, I'll try to find time later in the day. But for now, I'm just too harried.

-Fred Ridder


> Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:25:07 -0700
> From: becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com
> Subject: Re: a question for FrameMaker experts
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
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> We tried this in class, and couldn't get it to work.
>
> Let me be more specific in what our problem is. We're using FrameMaker 10 on Windows PCs.
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>
> We have 7 text files. We want the graphics to be numbered sequentially across all the text files: that is, Figure 1, 2, 3. The text files aren't chapters, and we don't want them numbered with compound numbers (section X Figure 1, section y Figure 1). We're using the automatic figure numbering that gets inserted when you insert a graphic. The paragraph tag is Figure, and the code is figure <n+>:
>
> The instructor and I googled for sequential figure numbering, and all we could find was how to do compound figure numbers. We've checked the FrameMaker help files, and she also checked all her reference books, and all we can find is compound numbering.
>
> This seems odd to me that you couldn't do sequential numbers across files.
>
> What are we missing or doing wrong?
>
> thanks so much for any help we can get.
>
> -Becca
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> > From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
> >To: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>; Becca <becca -at- di -dot- org>
> >Cc: tech2wr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
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> >Subject: RE: a question for FrameMaker experts
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> >Voxwoman wrote:
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> >> Becca,
> >> Format > Document > Numbering
> >>
> >> in the Paragraph tab, select "Continue numbering from previous
> >> paragraph in
> >> book"
> >
> >It's "Continue Numbering From Previous File in Book." And you need to do this in the book window, with the seven chapter files after the first selected. (Actually, since you surely don't have any figures in the TOC or Index, it doesn't matter if you have all the files selected.)
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> >Otherwise correct. :-)
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References:
a question for FrameMaker experts: From: Becca
Re: a question for FrameMaker experts: From: voxwoman
RE: a question for FrameMaker experts: From: Combs, Richard
Re: a question for FrameMaker experts: From: Becca

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