I am using the scrbook class.

In some chapters, I have sections so the elements therein get numbered x.y.z where x denotes the numbering of the chapter, y the one of the section and z the one of the specific element within the section.

However, I also have chapters without sections and I don't want to have a single section title for the whole chapter. If I just use no section, the elements in the content get numbered x.0.z since there is no section.

How can I get rid of the 0 for the chapters without section, so to have a numbering



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    – user31729
    Sep 6, 2015 at 11:33
  • With elements in the content you mean ... what? Subsections? Subsubsections?
    – user31729
    Sep 6, 2015 at 11:35

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The zero section numbers can be omitted the following way, example for equation:

  \ifnum\value{section}=0 %
  • There's no equation mentioned in the OP
    – user31729
    Sep 6, 2015 at 11:36
  • @ChristianHupfer The question refers to elements. I assume this means figure, table, equation or whatever the document uses. Since I cannot provide definitions for infinite element types, equation is just an example. Sep 6, 2015 at 11:40
  • @clemens Usually the section number already includes the chapter number. If the document uses a different layout, then the example needs to be adjusted, of course. Sep 6, 2015 at 11:41

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