I am formatting a huge technical manual with many chapters, sub-sections and many table of contents for each, as well as table of contents for a list of the diagrams in each chapter. Each chapter has sub sections. I have figured out how to number the beginning of the sections, like 12-1, 12-2, 12-3, etc., but my problem is that each new section starts on the right side page, leaving a left side page before it that is supposed to be numbered 12-0. I need to know how to start the section numbering with zero. If I try to do it in the numbering options, it just says that it has to start with a 1.
I need to be able to do this, because this 12-0 page usually has an illustration or diagram on it that needs to be included in the list of diagrams that I use the automated table of contents to create. I can manually override the page number on those pages to 12-0, but InDesign won't register that when it generates the tables of contents.
Thanks in advance!
Is there a way I can do this with a text variable?
I think for these pages you should make and apply master page with section marker + 0
The problem here is that ID simply doesn't recognize a logical page number of 0, so there's no way to automate inclusion of a 0-numbered page into a TOC, even if you build it manually with cross-references. Such pages will always have some other logical number assigned to them.
You might think about making these pages as separate sections and numbering them with letters instead of digits. If you include Section markers in the TOC you could make them all "A," for example, then last thing run find/change on the TOC and change the A's to 0.