A $60,000 Challenge to Microsoft Teams...
Yes, I challenge anyone at Microsoft to add page numbers to a Word document with, for example, unpaged front matter and different chapter headers... and to do it in under 1 hour.
Easy, right? Having worked with helpline supervisors many times in attempts to do this I finally grasp why it can eventually be "done".... but you can never, technically, understood how to do it or repeat it next time. Why?
The reason is that it entails three variables. And as Poincare showed in the context of gravity, three variable can produce technically insoluble complexity.
In the above Word "paging problem" the three variables are 1) Page numbers, continuous from any prior "point." 2) Headers, either "linked to previous" or not. 3) And section breaks, either continuous or "next page."
All the variables are interrelated across the entire document. For example deleting a "section break" (perhaps hidden in a table), will alter all paging. How it alters continuous paging will depend in turn on how headers were "linked to previous" or not. The level of complexity makes "reverse engineering" nearly impossible.
The main culprit seems to be how "sections" interact with headers "link to previous," which the creator, like the engineer who created the utterly impossible Queens street grid, imaged was "completely logical." It isn't. It is unintuitive and nearly inoperable.
When one has finished a Word document, one does not expect to then spend four hours with consultants working on the page numbers. Please reduce or separate the variables in this nightmarish system.