[reportlab-users] pageNumber attribute "countingFrom" does not appear to work

Robin Becker robin at reportlab.com
Tue Jan 8 11:48:31 EST 2019

Not sure exactly which example you started from, but in the rlextra examples available here


in test_002_paras.rml you could try changing the two countingFrom values 2 --> 8 and see that the first page then comes out 
numbered -6. So at least there it appears to be working.

The expressed page comes out as doc.page - countingFrom + 1

where doc.page starts at 1. With countingFrom set as 2 the first pdf page should have a pageNumber value of 0.

If you have three front matter pages then setting countingFrom=3 on the numbered pages and having three pages with no pageNumber 
tag means the the first content page can use a template with countingFrom="3" and be numbered 1.

On 08/01/2019 12:16, Robert Sullivan wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like to set  the value the pageNumber element should start counting
> pages from and the "countingFrom" attribute sounds like it would do this.
> However I can't get it to work.
> I'm doing <pageNumber countingFrom="2"> as shown in the guide
> https://www.reportlab.com/docs/rml2pdf-userguide.pdf  but page numbering
> still starts at "1".
> Thanks,
> RObert
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Robin Becker

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