This may be being caused by having a mixture of graphic frames and anchored
frames or text frames poorly placed in anchored frames.

I use a similar system for academic books and reports. Graphics are placed
in anchored frames with a text frame within it for the caption. In doing a
limited test, I put a text frame inside of a graphics frame. When I put in
two instances of this setup, the figure numbers did not increment. I think
the text frames and graphics have to be in anchored frames to increment
correctly, this keeps them in the text flow.

Sometimes, however, I've seen problems with figure numbers not incrementing
correctly. It seems to occur because the text frame with the caption is not
quite correctly placed within the anchored frame. I can cure this by cutting
the text frame, selecting the anchored frame, and pasting the text frame
back in.


Dr. Michael Conner
Assistant Director
Center for Archaeological Research
Missouri State University
901 South National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897
Fax: 417-836-4772
michaelconner at

on 2/14/07 10:18 PM, Howard Rauch at techtransfer at wrote:

> I am having a problem numbering figures in service manuals developed by my
> client. The manuals are range from 3- to 40 pages. 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. We are both using FrameMaker 7.0 on a PC
> platform and a Windows XP operating system..
> 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. All text is part of the same
> flow. 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 manual I am currently working on has 30 figures. I created the last 6 or 7
> and inserted the text box for the figure. When I tagged the text the numbers
> for each figure was identical. I also noticed in making cross-references that
> the figure numbers in the tag list were not in sequence. Example Figure 9
> appeared before Figure 8.
> 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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