The reason you get only one style is that automatic numbers are treated as a single character for formatting, and you cannot ever select them. The only thing I can think of to deal with this would be to wait until you are finished with the editing, then use Type > Bulleted and Numbered Lists > Convert Bullets and Numbers to Text. At that point you can redefine your paragraph styles, if necessary.
geez these forums, just lost my comment. as it wouldn't let me post it and I ended up clicking Use Advanced Editor which basically went back to the post with none of my reply intact.
I'm not even getting one character having GREP Styles applied to BTW. Totally doesn't register.
So yes, I had considered that. One problem is I want to model two different numberings systems. I can quickly swap paragraph style with Find/Replace GREP searching for text with "8. Figure Label #.#" and replacing with "8. Figure #", and swap back as many times as I want. Once the numbers are burnt in that's the end of that. Plus I have the Table to do also. So in order to show the client various draft proofs I'd need to have a document for generating PDFs that look final and another base document to use for further revisions to the document. Boring++ And like I said I think I'll lose the TOC Figure numbers.
I can't even get these numbers to observe the rules anyhow. I have section numbers preceding figure numbers for each section. Section 1 fine. Section 2 fine. Section 3 labels the Head as 3.0 but then makes the first Figure 9.1 WTH… is it because it's in it's own text frame and on another layer to the other Figurer numbers that are inline with body of text? this is tiring Adobe.
SImply assign a character style to the numbers in tne numbered list in the paragraph style dialog. It is why it ist there, so use that, no need to convert fo text or anything like that.
No, your GREP style will not see the the automatic number initially and all you can apply to that is the single character style to the whole shebang. It's only AFTER converting the auto numbers to text that the GREP styles will work.
Well Frans, part of the point is that when I combined my two GREP styles into one composite Character style to do what you are suggesting (less convent to have one style I need more variations on for edge cases, but if it works…) it doesn't apply the Strike Thru and Underline lines that I'm using as character Rule Above and Rule Below.
To anticipate your next question, why don't i just use Para Style Rules Above and Below, well in my previous document with this style it worked fine as Figure labels came to me baked in and no major editing of text and reordering issues. So it suited me to use GREP styles as it tracked the exact width of the Figure 1.1 or Figure 8.12 labels which were marginally different widths and would look funny and need manual adjusting. Also each time the Figure description is a different number of lines I will need a different offset measurement for the Rule Below. I don't feel like writing a script for this! But I might… penalties which ever way I do it.