The S, F and T before the colon in Fred's example are called "series 

You can do a search on "series label" in the FrameMaker Help and you 
will find a couple of topics.

Yves Barbion 
Documentation Architect
Adobe-Certified FrameMaker Instructor

Fred Ridder wrote:
> This is fairly easy. You just need to control separate counter 
> elements as for each type of number and include placeholders
> as necessary. The only thing unusual is making the step 
> number an unseparated compound of the chapter number
> system variable (<$chapnum>) plus a zero. I've never seen
> this particular convention or style before...
> The first counter is for the step number, so let's use the 
> second one for the figure numbers and the third counter
> for the table number. The numbering format definitions them 
> become:
> Step = S:Step <$chapnum>0< =0>< =0>: 
> Table = F:Figure <$chapnum>0.<a+>< >
> Figure = T:Table <$chapnum>0.< ><a+>
> This scheme resets the counters for the table number and 
> figure number at each occurrence of the step tag. Note 
> that the building blocks have a space between the opening
> angle bracket and the equals sign, which is the character to 
> suppress display of the number element. The space inside
> the angle brackets is a placeholer building block which 
> prevents the Figure tag from affecting the value of the 
> counter for the table number. The placeholder in the Table
> tag definition is not functionally necessary, but is included 
> as a good practice that helps you remember that this is
> a 3-element numbering scheme.
> Fred Riddermhoffmann at 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:> 
>> Step = S:Step <n+>0: > Table = S:Table <n>0.<a+>> Figure = S:Figure 
>> <n>0.<a+>> > 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
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