If I have a new environment defined (with, say, trivfloat), is it possible to get that section to number with chapter/section? I use \numberwithin for equations, figures, and tables.

For example, my equations and figures are numbered 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, ... (or even 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...) But if I have a new float type (say, graph), \numberwithin won't work.

\numberwithin{graph}{section} % Error...

Same happens if I use \DeclareCaptionType from the caption package.

Any thoughts on how to get this effect?

  • \DeclareCaptionType resp. \DeclareFloatingEnvironment has an optional parameter within=section, so there is no need for \numberwithin here.
    – user2574
    May 17, 2012 at 5:00

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The trivfloat package seems to defer (much of) the definition of its new floats using \AtBeginDocument, so you also have to use \AtBeginDocument{\numberwithin{graph}{section}} to change the floats' numbering.







(Graph content)
\caption{A graph}


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  • And cannot you simply put \numberwithin{graph}{section} just after \begin{document} ?
    – yo'
    May 16, 2012 at 16:54
  • Awesome! That works wonderfully. And nice explanation. Thanks :) May 16, 2012 at 16:55
  • @tohecz I prefer preamble solutions because they may be used in a user's custom mypackages.sty or myclass.cls.
    – lockstep
    May 16, 2012 at 16:56
  • @tohecz Yes, I tried that and it works also. However, the AtBeginDocument is better for me as this is going in a .sty file. May 16, 2012 at 16:56
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    I'm just afraid of soon having to use \AtBeginDocument{\AtBeginDocument{...}} ...
    – yo'
    May 16, 2012 at 18:16

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