If any document needs *that* many independent counters, then it is
probably too complicated for the audience to follow the numbering
anyway! :)

I think that KISS should be applied. I know that I have paragraph
numbering up the wazoo in my tech specs, but 12 counters have been more
than sufficient for even my most complex docs!


-----Original Message-----
[mailto:framers-bounces at] On Behalf Of Fred Ridder
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 10:22 AM
To: l_c_smalley at; framers at
Subject: RE: Numbering question

Lester Smalley wrote (in part):

> You can use more than just letters as the numbering series
identifiers; digits and punctuation symbols work also, although can
become extremely confusing.  
> I have not tested it thoroughly, but I believe that any single
character may be used as an identifier preceding the colon, so you can
have the very cryptic number series <:<n+>

I did do some testing on this a few years back (on FM6), and found that
there are, in fact, a few reserved characters that you *cannot* use. As
I recall, the left angle bracket, the equals sign, the plus sign, and
the colon were among the reserved characters that cannot be used for
series labels. But even if you avoid most of the strange or confusing
punctuation marks and any character pairs that are easily mistaken
(e.g., l and 1, O and 0), you still can define more than 60 independent
numbering series, which should be enough for most uses.

-Fred Ridder

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