[texhax] \listoffigures, order of reference numbers

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Thu Apr 20 18:58:36 CEST 2006

On Apr 20, 2006, at 12:32 PM, Torsten Wagner wrote:

> I just wonder about a little problem which a colleague of mine  
> found recently.
> I wasn't able to determine whether this is a bug, a feature or just  
> a mistake from our side ;)
> We used the command \listoffigures in the beginning of the  
> document. For references we added a bib-file.
> If we refer now in a figure-caption to one of these references, one  
> should expect the reference-number according to the place where the  
> figure is placed.
> However, since the "list of figures" is placed in front of all  
> other chapters with all these other references, LaTeX will start to  
> allocate the first reference numbers in the list of
> figures resp. for the figure captions. Independent of there  
> positions in the text
> Example:
> List of figures
> 1 Figure-caption [1].....1
> 1 Chapter
> Text with references [2-3].....
>         FIGURE
> 1.1 Figure-caption [1].
> I know that attachments in mailing lists are not liked. However, I  
> attached a small zip-file which includes a minimal example. Since  
> several files are needed an attachment is maybe easier to  
> reconstruct the problem.
> We figured out he following facts already.
> It is not depending on a package (e.g. natbib, which was used in  
> the real document)
> It seems to work correct with bibitems instead of a bib-file
> It seems to work correct with the article class but not with report  
> and book
> All suggestions which we found in the Internet doesn't work
> -- \caption[]{figure-text \cite{d}} I can not explain how this  
> should work ;)
> -- \caption{figure-text \protect\cite{d}} because \cite is (was  
> since LaTeX 2e) fragile
> It works (needless to say) if we place the \listoffigures command  
> at the end of the document.
> The \biblographystyle has no influence to this phenomena.
> Due to all this unlike facts, I hope that at the very end not we  
> (the authors) are the problem. ;)
> On the other hand I can not believe that we are the first  with  
> this problem.
> Nevertheless, the first one who can link to RTFM I owe a beer.

I don't believe you'd actually want the bib cite in the list of  
figures. My solution would be to not have that occur and to do the  
long/short figure reference as follows:

\caption[This is the very important figure caption.]{This is the very  
important figure caption. According to \protect\cite{d} ...}


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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