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Numbering rows in a table

Post by paieye » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:49 am

How does one do the above, please ?

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Re: Numbering rows in a table

Post by rpcameron » Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:23 pm

The easiest way is to add an extra column for the numbers.

However, if you are talking about automatically, then no. For situations such as that, I personally coy the text into a text editor such as vim, TextMate or similar, process the information there, then copy it back.

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Re: Numbering rows in a table

Post by jannuss » Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:34 pm

There's another option that may or may not fit your requirements: Mellel can do automatic line numbering with columns [Sections]

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Re: Numbering rows in a table

Post by paieye » Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:24 am

Thank you. I can insert an extra column, but how then do I define automatic numbering in that column ?

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Re: Numbering rows in a table

Post by jannuss » Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:02 pm

paieye wrote:Thank you. I can insert an extra column, but how then do I define automatic numbering in that column ?

If you are using sections/columns [even a section with only one column], you don't need to assign an extra place for the line numbers. Melee takes care of that.

In the Sections palette, select Line Numbering (at the bottom of the window) and then Edit attributes to see all the options available.
Of course,Line Numbers re also available in Edit Style Sets/Sections

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Re: Numbering rows in a table

Post by paieye » Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:28 pm

May I pose the question slightly differently ? I need to create an inventory of items of antique furniture. I need 3 headings, if I may use that word neutrally: Item number; description; measurements. I may from time to time want to insert a new item between items already in the inventory, and shall want the numbering to adjust itself automatically.

Using Mellel, what is the easiest way of doing that ?

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Re: Numbering rows in a table

Post by jannuss » Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:10 pm

paieye wrote:May I pose the question slightly differently ? I need to create an inventory of items of antique furniture. I need 3 headings, if I may use that word neutrally: Item number; description; measurements. I may from time to time want to insert a new item between items already in the inventory, and shall want the numbering to adjust itself automatically.

Using Mellel, what is the easiest way of doing that ?
Tables is definitely your best choice.
And, that means no columns and no automatic line numbering.
You are left to enter the line numbers manually

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Re: Numbering rows in a table

Post by paieye » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:20 am

Thank you. Janet, but that will rule out Mellel. TextEdit it must be.

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Re: Numbering rows in a table

Post by rpcameron » Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:57 pm

paieye wrote:Thank you. Janet, but that will rule out Mellel. TextEdit it must be.
I suppose if you're going the TextEdit route, its implementation will be similar to Mellel's.

What about a numbered list with a tab stop in the paragraph? Numbering is handled automatically, and you just type the first column, hit [tab], then enter the data for your second column. You won't have the items visually in cells with borders, but it will mimic that fairly well with automatic numbering. You won't have header fields at the top of the page, but I seem to recall that Mellel doesn't support that in tables either. (Unless it was added in the past 18 months ... it's been some time since I used Mellel.)

Actually, column headers on subsequent pages can be approximated with a page header using a page style specific for your listing.
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Re: Numbering rows in a table

Post by paieye » Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:39 am

TextEdit will give me a numbered list, and, if - or rather, when -- I forget some item and need to insert it later, it will adjust the numbering automatically. I have always got Pages if I need more than that. Thank you for the suggestions.

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Re: Numbering rows in a table

Post by rpcameron » Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:07 am

paieye wrote:TextEdit will give me a numbered list, and, if - or rather, when -- I forget some item and need to insert it later, it will adjust the numbering automatically. I have always got Pages if I need more than that. Thank you for the suggestions.
That's exactly what I was proposing. Mellel does indeed support numbered lists. I presume the reason they weren't mentioned in the beginning was because you stated that you wanted a table specifically, and the implication being that the table was the most important aspect, rather than the numbering.
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Re: Numbering rows in a table

Post by paieye » Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:32 pm

My apology, I did not read your message with sufficient care -- I shall try that, and report back.

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