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Re: [libreoffice-users] Problem with chapter numbering and TOC.


Hi Dave:

Of course, my note was written before I saw your reply to Regina. It hadn't been received by the list at that time.
See below for other thoughts:

On 18/11/2019 10:35, DaveB wrote:
On 17.11.2019 16:26, Philip Jackson wrote:
On 14/11/2019 07:58, Dave Barton wrote:
I have set up chapter numbering as per the help page
https://tinyurl.com/vsq77lu and created a "New Chapter" page style.

After inserting a manual page break with the "New Chapter" page style I
set the first paragraph style to "Heading 1" and the correct chapter
name/number is displayed both on the page and in Navigator.

However, when I insert a TOC into the document no chapters appear in the
index.

Any thoughts or pointers would be welcome.

Thanks Dave


Looking at your original document, it is clear that in the chapters you
have created, all that appears in the heading of each chapter is the
'Before' and 'After' elements that you have specified in the dialog box
of Tools > Chapter Numbering. As Regina states in her reply, you have
not typed anything of your own invention.
Look at my reply to Regina. My own invention is the word "Chapter" plus
a single space in the Before field.

When I  said 'your own invention' I wasn't explicit enough. I didn't take the 'Before' and 'After' fields' contents as 'your invention'. I took them as fields already prescribed as adjuncts to the Chapter number (the subject of the dialog box).  I was instead wishing to refer to material that the author would 'normally' write in the H1 heading at the top of his new chapter.

Here 'normally' is used, I admit, in reference to what I would do and what I have seen in many other books, that is some sort of short description of the order of one to five words. To this group of 'one to five words', LO's chapter numbering would add the number plus the contents of the 'Before' and 'After' fields either side of the number and before your choice of short description.

Example for a possible first chapter of a book :   "1 - Introduction"

where the 'Before' field has been left empty, the digit 1 is the number automatically supplied, the 'After' field contains <space>-<space><space> and 'Introduction' is my invention for the first chapter description.

This is what Regina meant when she said your headings have no content and you should supply some text even if only a blank space.

[Sorry, I cannot find your short one page example anymore - only the longer "World's Most Amazing Book" file]

As a check and demonstration, go to the page in your 'TOC test.odt' file where the new chapter 2 starts and highlight the heading on the page by clicking after the figure 2 and dragging to the beginning of the line. You'll see that nothing is selected - you can't drag to the start of the line. 'Chapter 2' is just the 'Before' and 'After' fields surrounding the figure 2 and with no other content.I have unzipped both the origin documents that brought this issue to my

attention and the simplified example I created, but I have been unable
to find any issue with their internal structure.

I am having some difficulty working out what you mean by adding space
between the TOC and the (first line ?). Could I ask you to send me a
copy of your example file off list please?

As I said, I couldn't identify what was causing the lack of correct display of the first chapter in your short example document. I assumed that it was somehow connected with the proximity to the TOC but I didn't exhaust the checking I just made my own example doc which I'll be pleased to send you by PM. I'm not sure it's useful to spend much time on it. And in any case, I didn't keep your file and the only one I can find today is the Word's Most Amazing Book file.

Best,

Philip


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