Traceability numbering in pages

Eva Kielczewski May 16, 2023

Is there a way to number all elements of a page to maintain full traceability for regulatory requirements? Headings by default do not accept numbering - is there a specific way to have all headings/paragraphs/subtext/tables numbered in such a way that it follows the decimal notation to indicate heirarchy?

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Rina Nir
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May 15, 2024

Hello @Eva Kielczewski 

Confluence is not ideal to manage requirements or traceability. Jira lends itself far better for this because:

  1. You can define custom issue types that are "specifications", or "design inputs".
  2. Each such issue gets a unique id 
  3. Jira links can be used for traceability (you can even define your own link types like- traceability).

The above are provided "out of the box".

The tricky bit is when you need to create a complete "specification report" or traceability matrices. At this point Confluence (with some marketplace Apps, including our own) can be used to create the complete technical file.

I can share a couple of webinars' that I hosted, which give some more explanation on this setup:

Mastering medical device software compliance (with Richard Kock) 
Atlassian traceability mastery: A guide for regulated teams 

I hope this helps

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Marketplace Partner
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May 15, 2024

@Eva Kielczewski I'm not sure if a numbered headings app alone would give you want you want but there are a few to try on the Atlassian Marketplace.

I know it is annoying to have to use and purchase apps. But the one great things with Atlassian tools the plethora of apps so that you have more options.

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Zoriana Bogutska_Adaptavist_
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May 16, 2023

Hi @Eva Kielczewski 

Yes, unfortunately, you have to use an app from the Atlassian marketplace for numbering headings because there is no built-in feature in Confluence. 

For example, other solutions you can consider are: 

Numbered Headings for Confluence

Content Formatting Macros for Confluence 

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The last one except numbering headings allows adding other useful macros for content formatting: tabs, buttons, tooltips, footnotes, etc.

You can choose which tool is the best for your needs. 

My team created them, so I'd be happy to assist if you have any questions.

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Mileva Briand May 16, 2023

Hey Eva 😊 , 

Are you familiar with Requirement Yogi? I think it could help you in a way, it is a complete requirement management app so it would fill more than what you ask for though 😉.

If you want to number elements of your page, including headings and so on, you could put yogi macros into your headings which could help you reference them into the traceability and Jira issues.

I don't know if this truly helps but it could be a workaround 😉

Let me know!



Eva Kielczewski May 16, 2023

Thanks i will try it out. Is this an additional application plug in you have to purchase?

Mileva Briand May 16, 2023

You're welcome! Yes, there is a free 30 day trial. If you find the app useful, or not, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me me here 😉

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