RE: Word (2007) - heading number *after* heading text ?

Subject: RE: Word (2007) - heading number *after* heading text ?
From: Kath Bowman <Kath -dot- Bowman -at- au -dot- saabgroup -dot- com>
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>, TechWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 May 2013 13:00:01 +0930

Hi Monique,
Like you, I've never seen heading numbering follow the heading text. However you could simulate this by using a sequence field at the end of (unnumbered) heading text. Then I'd add macros for each heading level to apply the appropriate style and add the sequence field at the end.


Kath Bowman
Technical Writer | Defence operations

-----Original Message-----
Hello, WR-L-ers,

Iâm trying to create a Word template to match a clientâs style for docs that are generally DITA-transformed to PDF. That is, normally nobody uses Word, but for quite a few reasons Iâm working with a Word doc (which for good reasons will not be converted to DITA for another release or two), and I want its appearance to match their typical style as closely as possible.

The desired chapter heading style is to have the heading number appear *after* the heading text, not before the text (which is the only way Iâve ever seen Word behave).

In addition, thereâs a line under the text/number. I know how to add the line: as a paragraph border. But the added gotcha is that if the heading text is long enough to take two lines (which happens frequently given the styles of headings and the long product/feature names), the heading number should bottom align with the 2nd line of heading text.

I could certainly separate the heading number from the heading text and easily get the layout to look like I want. But then xrefs and ToC entries for the chapter would be problematic.

So, any Word gurus with any tips for this wish?

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