Issue 62555

Summary: Request for better automated page number reset
Product: Writer Reporter: jondoe <handsclark>
Component: formattingAssignee: AOO issues mailing list <issues>
Status: CONFIRMED --- QA Contact:
Severity: Trivial    
Priority: P3 CC: issues, rb.henschel
Version: OOo 2.0.1Keywords: oooqa
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Hardware: All   
OS: All   
Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT Latest Confirmation in: ---
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Issue Depends on: 32141    
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Description jondoe 2006-02-24 21:24:36 UTC
I am trying to create a document with a cover page, table of contents, chapters,
and index.  The name of each chapter uses "Heading 1" to define the start of
each chapter.  I would like to use the text flow capabilities of the style to
explicitly start a new left page for each chapter.  I would also like the first
chapter to start on page 1, but I don't want the page numbering to be reset to
page 1 for every chapter.  Unfortunately, even though the page number can be
reset when a new page is created by the text flow break, it isn't possible to
limit that to the first break (each chapter would start with an arbitrary number
instead of continuing the numbering from the previous chapter).

I would ideally like to do things the way that I have tried to describe because
it would allow me work with a master document and subdocuments for my chapters.
 Otherwise, I have to keep everything in the same document and reset the page
number with a manual break before the first chapter.

I was hoping that it might be possible to add an option box to the text flow
dialog to apply the new page numbering to the first break only (similar to the
way that text wrapping can be applied to the first paragraph only).
Comment 1 Regina Henschel 2006-02-24 22:36:54 UTC
Hi, this sounds like a support request but not like an issue.

You can bind the page break to the heading1-style with the page number option
set to 0. Then the numbering will continue. For the starting value of page
numbering you set the wanted page number as direct formatting in the first
paragraph of that page. This is more flexible than a simple checkbox.

For further discussions on page numbering see issue 7065, which is the main
issue for those enhancement requests, and its duplicates. 
Comment 2 michael.ruess 2006-02-27 07:14:53 UTC
Comment 3 jondoe 2006-02-27 17:45:06 UTC
You don't seem to have understood my explanation.  This was not a support
request.  I already realize that what you explained is possible.  However, that
approach ignores the functionality of the navigator and/or master
document/subdocument combinations.

Your approach is to hard code the page numbering to start within a specific
chapter.  If a new chapter is inserted prior to the chapter with explicit
formatting, the page numbering will be off unless a manual change is made to the
formatting of the first paragraph in each of the relevant chapters.  The same
would be true if existing chapters were reordered in such a way that the
original first chapter was no longer first or even removed entirely.

This is not about creating a wizard either (even though a wizard should be able
to take advantage of such functionality).  Issue 7065 is a request for a wizard.

The point is to allow page numbering to start at a specified point in a document
(dependent on page style) independent of manual formatting and independent of
chapter order.  If the original formatting is done through a wizard that's fine,
but a person shouldn't be forced to run a wizard repeatedly to make sure that
the settings they thought they asked for in the first place remain intact.  It
should also be possible to accomplish the same task in a relatively simple way
(for those familiar with the program) without relying on a wizard.

I appreciate the fact that one way or another it is possible to accomplish the
task.  The reason for my request is similar to the old issue of the word count
functionality.  Being able to do something and being able to figure out how to
do something (or being able to do it easily) are two separate things.  I figured
out how to make it work, but I'm far from average.  What I am asking for isn't
as common as a word count, but it is worthy of enhanced functionality at some
point (especially considering how many people have requested better page
numbering functionality through a wizard).
Comment 4 Regina Henschel 2006-02-27 21:36:06 UTC
Ok, your wish is clear now.
Comment 5 michael.ruess 2006-02-28 08:49:46 UTC
Reassigned to requirements.