Articles on: Writing

Using labels and references

Imagine the following scenario. You have a document with 20 figures labeled Figure 1 , Figure 2 , Figure 3 , etc . You have been writing the document for days. You realize today that you need to include a new figure right at the beginning of the document. You include it. But now, if you label it as Figure 1 you need to change the old Figure 1 to Figure 2 and so on and so forth, 20 times. (Plus every single time that those figures are referenced). πŸ™ˆ

Authorea uses a dynamic labeling and referencing system so that all elements of a document --- headings, tables and figures --- can be referenced and automatically numbered. How does it work?

Click the ΒΆ icon in the editor toolbar to pull up the reference tool. If you don't have any figures, tables or headings, it will look like this:

So, go ahead and create some paragraphs with headings (h1, h2, h3) and some figures with captions. Click again the ΒΆ icon in the toolbar and you will now be able to reference these components on the fly, by selecting them from a list:

Now, if you need to add a figure before Figure 1 you don't need to change a thing. Just add it. We'll take care of the rest 😎

Updated on: 12/12/2017