I'm trying to write up a paper and I'd like to have a different class of labels for identities vs equations. ie I want something like \label{eq:firsteq} and \label{id:firstid} such that the numbering system for my identities (\ref{id: whatever) is distinct from my numbering system for equations (\ref{eq: whatever}).

For example say I have

\begin{equation}\label{eq:firsteq} a = b \end{equation}

\begin{equation}\label{id:firstid} c = d \end{equation}

Then I want something so that when I call



I get 1 and 1, not 1 and 2. I've tried googling and found something for distinct enumeration of figures under the caption package, but I'm not doing it for figures. Thanks for your help!

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    – user31729
    Jan 5, 2015 at 17:21
  • The usual approach here would be to start with two different environment names as the label/ref system is set up such that the labels themselves don't have to have any particular structure. Is there some logical distinction between your two classes of equation?
    – Joseph Wright
    Jan 6, 2015 at 7:24

1 Answer 1


What I did here was use \meaning to determine how the equation environment is defined. I then fashioned an identity environment on the same lines, using a different counter, and label format (brackets, not parens).

It becomes the user's responsibility to use the appropriate equation or identity environment.



\begin{equation}\label{eq:firsteq} a = b \end{equation}

\begin{identity}\label{id:firstid} c = d \end{identity}

Reference equation \ref{eq:firsteq}.

Reference identity \ref{id:firstid}.

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