Adobe FrameMaker: Numbered Headings
by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker
Updated: Oct 24, 2016
I love paragraph numbering in FrameMaker, mostly because no matter what numbering style a student shows me, I can make it happen by mixing and matching the building blocks in Numbering properties. Today, a former FrameMaker student asked me to help her fix this:
You can see that the chapter number is not being picked up by the headings. The goal was to number the heads to look like this:
Chapter 1. ChapterTitle text here
1.1. Heading1 text here
1.2. Heading1 text here
1.3. Heading1 text here
1.3.1. Heading2 text here
1.3.2. Heading2 text here
1.4. Heading1 text here
The trick is to look at the numbers as columns. I’ll sketch them on paper out for complex situations. Here’s how numbering properties should look for each of these paragraph formats:
Series Label. The series label tells FrameMaker that these three paragraph formats are part of the same numbering series. I use H for a Heading series, but any uppercase letter will do.Here’s why it works:
ChapterTitle. Prints the word “Chapter” followed by the chapter number, a period and a space. < =0> resets the column 2 and 3 counters back to 0 for each new chapter, but the space says don’t show it.
Heading1. Repeats the chapter number, followed by a period. The <n+> adds one to the 2nd column counter and shows the result. The < =0> resets the third column counter back to zero, but doesn’t show it.
Heading2. Repeats the chapter number followed by a period, the <n> repeats the 2nd column counter without changing it, and <n+> adds one to the 3rd column counter and shows the result.
Voila! Using this logic (and adding more columns to the table), you can number as many paragraphs as you could ever want.
NOTE: There is a second post that builds on this one, and addresses how to add table numbers and figure numbers to your documentation. For more information on numbering headings in FrameMaker, see Adobe FrameMaker: Numbered Headings, Continued.