How do I get two page numbers on a single sheet?

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How do I get two page numbers on a single sheet?

Postby lgrinnell on Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:19 am

I've been assigned the task of developing a quick start guide for one of our customers. They told us what they wanted: Printed, simplified instructions on 5x7 cards, laminated, spiral binding at the top.

I've got most of the problems solved, with the least waste possible. I found an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet on cardstock, perforated, with two 5x7 cards and minimum waste (thanks again, Amazon!). With the tear-off edges around the cards, I can use tighter margins (about 0.25 in). The cards should go through a laser printer (actually, a Canon color copier) just fine, and then each printed card can be laminated, followed by punching a row of holes at the top for the spiral binding.

I created a layout that allows the text to be entered on the left-hand card and then it flows to the right-hand card. OK so far. Next, I created "decoration" footers (can't have two standard footers on the same page--that should have been my clue...), and I added two System.PageNumber variables--one for each individual 5x7 card.

Here's the problem. No matter what I do, i can only get the one page number (i.e., both cards show page "1", and (sometimes) page "2" shows on the second card, and so on).

Is it even possible to get the page number generator to treat each side of the perforated card stock as a separate page?

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TIA!!!

Larry Grinnell
SRT Group
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Re: How do I get two page numbers on a single sheet?

Postby Nita Beck on Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:09 am

Yeah, I think you’re stuck if you try to use the built-in PageNumber variable, as I suspect you’re trying to circumvent Flare’s programming. I suspect that counter will increment only once per page.

What if you create a class of p that supplies the counter, by way of its having an auto number, so something like (and I’m *totally* brainstorming here, having no access to Flare at the moment) the following? It could even supply the dashes and centering.

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p.PgNum
{
     mc-auto-number-format: ‘GP:- {n+} -‘;
     text-align: center;
}

(Sorry, my iPad insists on making the single quotation marks above into curly ones; they should be straight ones.)

I’ve named the counter “GP” short for “global page number”. I haven’t tested this, but it should work in theory.
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Re: How do I get two page numbers on a single sheet?

Postby lgrinnell on Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:31 pm

Thank you, Nita! I thought it might be something like that. Heck, the programmers can't think of everything.

I'll give your idea a shot the next time I have some time to work on this.

Hope to see you next year, wherever MadWorld will be. I was one of the ones who got stuck at DFW due to hail-damaged airplanes. The only direction I could fly was back east to S. Florida and home.

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Re: How do I get two page numbers on a single sheet?

Postby Nita Beck on Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:36 pm

Ah! I felt SO badly for you, that you couldn’t get to San Diego. I hope we do get to meet someday at a future MW.

About the single quotation marks above, I’m not sure I’ve got the first one in the right position. Check out examples of auto-number formats in the Flare documentation.
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