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Text variables to include auto numbers

When creating a text variable, it would be great to have it capture the auto numbering, e.g. if the heading is "1. Introduction" and the number is set as an auto number to the paragraph style, then the text variable that references that paragraph style should also pick up the number. At the moment, all you get from the text variable is "Introduction". Or at least have that as an option!

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  • Gerald Donker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I certainly agree that the ability to include auto numbering in text headers is required. Surely ID should be able to do this when lesser able word processors can.

    Hope ID gets this capability soon.

  • paul hoskens commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I totally agree as well… It seems even obvious to me that de chapter number will be included… at least as an option…
    Otherwise we will have to re-enter the chapter numbers manually.

    thanks!

  • Kate commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I echo this. Currently working on a huge book file with many sections/subsections, so manually updating numbering is not an option, and the chapter/section/subsection numbers must be listed in the header as a requirement. I found a clunky workaround using hidden cross-references, but the whole thing is a tangled mess and when numbering goes off for some reason or a paragraph style is accidentally altered (many people are working on this file), it screws up the entire book file. It would be so much simpler if there was an option to include automated page numbering in the text variable options.

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