Actually the different series labels in my example were 
an error caused by my laziness. I had copied the 
format definitions from the original posting and did
not finish editing them before I sent the message. 
The scheme I was proposing is designed to use the
*same* series label for all three numbering formats.
If the three formats use different labeled series they
will not interact at all, making the placeholders 
unnecessary and rendering the reset feature of the 
step's format nonfunctional. The scheme I was 
trying to propose looks something like:

Step = N:Step <$chapnum>0< =0>< =0>:  Table = N:Figure <$chapnum>0.<a+>< 
>Figure = N:Table <$chapnum>0.< ><a+>

Sorry for any confusion...
-Fred Ridder
> Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:58:57 +0200> From: yves.barbion at gmail.com> To: 
> framers at frameusers.com> CC: > Subject: Re: Autonumber challenge: Table 
> 10.a, Table 10.b and Figure 10.a> > The S, F and T before the colon in Fred's 
> example are called "series > labels".> > 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+>
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