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    Paragraph Numbering, Leading Zeroes (Word 2002, SR1)

    I produce documents whose paragraphs need to be numbered with leading zeroes as follows:
    0000, 0001, ..., 0009, 0010, 0011, . . ., 0099, 0100, 0101, ..., 0999, 1000, 1001, ....
    My "Special Edition Using Word" book suggests a "numeric picture" or field code such as # "0000".
    But this code does not seem to be available for use in conjunction with paragraph numbering fields, such as AUTONUM. It words in a SECTION field, and even within a formula field, but not in an AUTONUM or LISTNUM field.

    Can anyone help me out?

    Dan

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    Re: Paragraph Numbering, Leading Zeroes (Word 2002, SR1)

    We recently couldn't find a way to save it as the Numbering part of a style definition, either. (In case you were headed there next.)

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    Re: Paragraph Numbering, Leading Zeroes (Word 2002, SR1)

    Yes--ideally, a style would be the place for it.

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    Re: Paragraph Numbering, Leading Zeroes (Word 2002, SR1)

    Jefferson,

    If I understand the question, I have a few hints from playing around. But I don't have a solution. Maybe with these hints here, the smarter people on the lounge can figure this out.

    At work, I come up with ideas that may be patentable. I turn them over to our lawyers. If it's felt there's something worth pursuing, a patent application is drawn up with the idea described and claims written. The patent office drafting rules calls for paragraphs to be numbered as such: [0001], [0002], etc. (Don't jump for joy yet!)

    I took a look how the paragraph numbering was done in one of my patent applications. I am attaching 2 screen shots in a zipped file. Nothing proprietary but enough to give you the idea of what our lawyers do.

    In the "customize list-display.jpg", I show the customize list dialog. Nothing out of the ordinary. I copied the "field" to the clipboard. Went back to my document and pasted the field - see file "text-display.jpg". You can see a field called DISPLAYNFC with a l (that's an L) option where I've shown the field (note that this line is not part of the original patent application - just put there for this purpose). You can also see the paras numbered [0001] and [0002]. Those are list numbers - you can't hit home and get into the numbering field. You can also see that the customize dialog added "[00" before and "]" (w/o the quotes) in the Number format field as you'd expect (well, maybe not but I told you not to jump for joy). I guess in the case of our applications, none of them went above 99 paragraphs. Not sure what they'd do if they did.

    However, it seems that the same DISPLAYNFC field is what's used regardless whether you pick a list of type 01, 02,...; a, b, c,...; or anything else (I only tried 1, 2 and a, [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img]. There's no formatting as part of the field that I paste from the customize list dialog. So where does such formatting come to distinguish the different types of list? If that can be found, then maybe the answer to the original post could be found.

    Don't know if this was of much help.

    Fred
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    Re: Paragraph Numbering, Leading Zeroes (Word 2002, SR1)

    <hr>The patent office drafting rules calls for paragraphs to be numbered as such: [0001], [0002], etc. <hr>

    Even though this thread is two years old, I wanted to correct an error in the above quoted sentence.

    The Patent Office does not "calls for" paragraphs to be numbered. Under 37 CFR, Section 1.52([img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img](6), the word "may" is used--"Other than in a reissue application or reexamination proceeding, the paragraphs of the specification, other than in the claims or abstract, may be numbered at the time the application is filed...."

    It is not a requirement.

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    Re: Paragraph Numbering, Leading Zeroes (Word 2002, SR1)

    I think it would be wise for anyone dealing with the USPTO bureaucracy to always check the current rules when formatting a document. With that in mind, hopefully we won't need to keep updating this thread. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Sure to change in the future link: Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)

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