# Autonumber challenge: Table 10.a, Table 10.b and Figure 10.a

```Sure - this is actually pretty easy.  You need to use blank placeholders
"< > " to keep FM from changing certain counters while incrementing the
one you're interested in. For example:```
```
Step = S:Step <n+>0:
Table = S:Table <n>0.< ><a+>
Figure = S:Figure <n>0.<a+>< >

On Tuesday, September 18, 2007 12:41 PM, Maxwell Hoffmann wrote:

| I have a challenge with autonumbering, and can't recall the
| solution. (Ran into this unusual numbering style some years
| ago.) I am trying to get a complex autonumbering sequence to
| work in unstructured FM7.2 on Windows.
|
| I'm assisting a customer with a template that requires the
| following numbered paragraphs to occur w/in one document:
|
| Step 10: How to rinse the sink
| <body text>
| Step 20: How to dry the sink
| <text>
| Table 20.a
| <table>
| Table 20.b
| <table>
| Figure 20.a
| <Figure>
| Step 30: How to fill the sink
| <body text>
| Figure 30.a
| <Figure>
|
| In other words, both Table Title and Figure Title have to
| inherit their primary number from the "Step". The problem is
| how to maintain a separate number stream for Tables and
| Figures that will let them number sequentially, and not be
| affected by one another.
|
| Here are my para number definitions:

|
| When mixing Figures and Tables I get results like these:
| Step 10:
| Figure 10.a
| Figure 10.b
| Figure 10.c
| Table 10.d
| Step 20:
|
| ... The "Table" needs to number at "Table 10.a"
|
| I thought of using <\$chapnum> for the primary <n+> in the
| "Step" para, but <\$chapnum> will not number sequentially w/in
| the same document. Using the following definitions works for
| one "Step 10:" but there is no way to have "Step 20:" number
| sequentially:
| Step = S:Step <\$chapnum>0:
| Table = F:Figure <\$chapnum>0.<a+>
| Figure = T:Table <\$chapnum>0.<a+>
|
| These definitions produce the following results:
| Step 10:
| Figure 10.a
| Figure 10.b
| Figure 10.c
| Table 10.a
| Step 10:
|
| FYI -- this document does not require or use a conventional
| numbered chapter heading.
|
| Can anyone out there think of an autonumbering pattern in
| FrameMaker (7.2) that will work for the sequence I describe
| at the beginning of my email? Any and all advice welcomed.
|
| Maxwell Hoffmann/ENLASO
| (805) 807-0853

- Lester
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