I'm sorry to have to tell you that the $chapnum system variable 
can only have a single value in any given file. If you *must*
have multiple chapters in the same file you must build your 
numbering scheme from individual numbering counters, which 
was the standard mechanism for FrameMaker versions through

And if you have multiple chapters in a file and you need to use 
a numbering scheme for your tables and figures that includes 
the chapter number (a scheme which seems to be used less 
and less as time goes by, BTW) you will need to build a single 
labeled numbering scheme that includes separate counter elements 
for the chapter number, for each level of section number, for tables, 
and for figures. The $chapnum system variable was introduced 
in FrameMaker 6.0 to simplify just this kind of situation (and 
also to make it easier to use multiple files for a single chapter), 
but it does require you to follow a no more than one chapter
per file model.

Many people are confused or simply intimidated by the 
complexity of this single, consolidated numbering series, 
but it is all completely logical if you simply slow down and 
do things methodically. Over the years there have been several 
very good  articles written on how to implement and maintain 
this kind of numbering in Frame, and at least one of them was 
always available on the FrameUsers website.  (If only the 
FrameUsers website were available...)  If you're lucky, one or 
more of the authors who are list members will offer to send 
you a copy of their article or point you to some other website 
where it is still available.

My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel.
Fred Ridder (fred dot ridder at intel dot com)
Parsippany, NJ

-----Original Message-----
From: framers-bounces+fred.ridder=intel....@lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-bounces+fred.ridder=intel.com at lists.frameusers.com] On
Behalf Of Robert.Werner at appsense.com
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2007 6:19 AM
To: framers at lists.frameusers.com
Subject: Updating chapter numbers


Using Frame 7.2

Can two occurrences of the same chapter styles be used in a single file
within a book and update correctly?

The style uses the <$chapnum> value but does not increment when there
are two occurences in the same file. Other styles used in a document
with numbering which inherit the $chapnum value from the chapter style
also do not update correctly.

I have scoured the Framemaker documentation for an indication of what
the answer might be without success.

If more than one occurrence of the chapter style cannot be used in the
same frame file and correctly increment with the expected results in the
numbering of other styles which inherit the chapnum value, such as
captions, I would like to understand why this is the case so that I can
explain this to interested parties here at my workplace.

Thanks in advance


Robert Werner
Technical Author 

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