Created attachment 119820 [details]
Sample document (three consecutively numbered lists created from one)
There seems to be no way to break the linkage between two or more numbered lists once it’s made.
1. Create a new text document.
2. Add a numbered list using eg. the toolbar button. Add at least two numbered points to it.
3. Now go back to the end of the first numbered point and press Enter twice to mark the end of the numbered list. This creates a new paragraph in between the numbered list, but there’s still a linkage between them: the numbers in the second list start from where the first list ended, and there’s no way to break this linkage I know of.
For instance, in Format|Bullets and numbering dialog it is still claimed the numbering in the latter list starts from 1. If this is changed, the numbering in both lists change.
This is not just a minor annoyance because it affects numbering styles as well. If a new numbering style is created and the style applied to more than one list in the same document, those lists are irrevocably linked and their numbering consecutive. This effectively makes the numbering styles useless, because you would need as many styles as there are numbered lists in the document! There’s no way to create a numbering style without this linkage as far as I can see.
Added: To correct my words, there’s of course ONE way to break the linkage—you can remove the numbering from any of the lists and and then apply it again (two clicks of the toolbar button). This however also removes any formatting made to the list as it was, forcing one to re-apply that too. This was why I originally tried to get around the problem by creating a numbering style, which lead to me to notice that lists created using a user-defined numbering style are ALWAYS linked.
So is it not enough to right-click and select Restart numbering?
Didn’t even know about that! That solves the immediate problem of not being able to break the linkage.
But still, I think this SHOULD be included in the dialog as well, because users (well, me) tend to expect all the formatting features be there, even if there are shortcuts like the context menu. Maybe a simple checkbox “Continue numbering from the previous numbered list” which by default would be unchecked?
Also, I think it’s a bug that user-defined list styles have consecutive numbering by default. I don’t think that’s what users are expecting.
It makes sense to me that the option to "Restart numbering" should also be on the Options tab of the Bullets and Numbering dialogue. This would be a UI enhancement request - other than that there is a ready solution to this problem when you know it (the right click menu).
(In reply to Zenaan Harkness from comment #4)
> This would be a UI enhancement request - other than that there is a ready
> solution to this problem when you know it (the right click menu).
Agreed, now that I know it’s in the context menu.
needsUXEval according to comment 4 (option to "Restart numbering" should also be on the Options tab of the Bullets and Numbering dialogue) for list styles and hard-coded lists.
Agreed (we desperately need a meta ticket for numbering)
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #7)
> Agreed (we desperately need a meta ticket for numbering)
Are these not enough: bug 103369 and bug 103370 ?
(In reply to Buovjaga from comment #8)
> Are these not enough: bug 103369 and bug 103370 ?
Close to sufficient :-)
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Changing importance from 'minor' to 'enhancement' as the way now is how it worked since the beginning and there is a workaround in the context menu and in the paragraph dialog.
*** Bug 128282 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Ww don't have UX here but my take is that this bug be for default restart of numbering list in a style.
As for one time restart, I don't see ìt fit in the dialog, instead we have bug 117233.