Ok this is the thing. I am preparing captions for figures and I want the captions to be automatically numbered so I am using the numbered paragraphs option. I also instructed Indesign to put before the number the word "Figure" for each caption.
Now, when somewhere in the text I want to enter a cross-reference for a given caption.. Instead of the whole "Figure X" which I get if I choose Figure # in the format for the cross reference, I would like to use "Fig. X" instead... Just to be clear, I would
like to shorten the word I used when formatting the way ID numbers my paragraphs.
what would be the easiest way to accomplish this?
A mock up of what i want to do appears in next figure:
A work around I found is the following:
1. Set the paragraph numbering style to display only the number
2. Format my cross reference to show "Fig. " followed by the paragraph number
3. Insert all my cross-references
4. Change the paragraph numbering style to display "Figure " before the number
The problem this work around posses is that I can't update the cross references anymore as instead of "Fig. x" I'll get "Fig. Figure x".
So, should I need to add a last minute figure, I'd need to go through all the previous steps... but adding an extra step between 3 and 4... which will be a click into UPDATE cross references.
Hope this helps people out. But again, I would rather have a more streamlined mechanism to solve this issue.