Numbering styles are different from other style types. In a sense, they are really only references to numbering properties defined within a numbering definition (abstractNum) within the numbering part. Numbering styles are not directly referenced by content -- they are only directly referenced by numbering definitions. See Numbering - Overview and Numbering - Defining an Overall Numbering Scheme. Below is a sample numbering style.
The style defines only a single paragraph property, which is a reference via the numPr element to a numbering definition. The numId within numPr refers to a numbering definition instance (num within the numbering part), which will in turn refer to another numbering definition which defines the actual properties for a multi-level format. Below is an example of how the style is referenced in the numbering part.
Related HTML/CSS property:
- This is the first level.
- This is the second level.
- This is the third level.