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Starting the section numbering with 0

Postby jonnyneill14 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:47 pm

ive written my essay and put it into sections and all that. i have a first section of preliminary definitions that i would like to call section 0, but my section numbering starts at 1. any idea how i can do this?
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Postby localghost » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:16 pm

I see two possible solutions. You can either set the section counter to make your section start from Zero.
  1. \setcounter{section}{-1}

Add this line right before the section that contains your preliminaries. On the other hand you could put your preliminaries into an unnumbered section.
  1. \section*{Preliminaries}
  2. \addcontenstline{toc}{section}{Preliminaries}

This would cause the following sections to be numbered from One and place an entry in the ToC.

This solution is for the standrard classes. Other classes like those from KOMA Script or memoir have built-in features.

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