# Floats that span the text width and the margin

What is the correct way of placing floats that span the text width and the margin?

If the width of the float content is increased, ConTeXt does not reserve space in the margin which leads to overlapping content. At the moment I adjust the vertical placement manually using \godown, but that can't be the right way.

\startplacefigure [location=margin]
\godown [7cm]
\externalfigure [dummy] [width=\marginwidth]
\stopplacefigure


Here the example code.

\useMPlibrary [dum]

\setupfloat
[figure]
[location=inner]

\showframe
\starttext

\startplacefigure
\externalfigure [dummy]
[height=4cm,
width=\dimexpr\textwidth+\rightmargintotal\relax]
\stopplacefigure

\startplacefigure [location=margin]
\externalfigure [dummy] [width=\marginwidth]
\stopplacefigure

\stoptext


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(untested) have you tried adding the bleed option to the big figure. See the details manual fod example. – Aditya Nov 19 '12 at 13:32
Do you mean the \bleed[…]{…} command? AFAIK this reserves the same bounding box as the original figure but scales it or prints it at a different spot. – Marco Nov 20 '12 at 9:15

Here is another work around: place an extra margin figure containing a rule of the height of the first figure. Of coures you have to remember to not give the new figure a number.

\useMPlibrary [dum]

\setupfloat
[figure]
[location=inner]

\showframe
\starttext

\startplacefigure
\externalfigure [example-image-a]
[height=4cm,
width=\dimexpr\textwidth+\rightmargintotal\relax]
\stopplacefigure

\startplacefigure [location=margin,number=none]
\vrule height 4cm width 0pt
\stopplacefigure

\startplacefigure [location=margin]
\externalfigure [example-image-b] [width=\marginwidth]
\stopplacefigure

\stoptext


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