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How to compare the beginning of an argument

I need to write a simple function in tex (ConTeXt more precisely, but I suspect that does not matter here), that does one thing when the first argument #1 begins with a particular string, and does ...
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What does \s! do?

1st example: \starttypescript [\s!serif] [paratype] \definefontsynonym [ParatypeSerif-Regular] [\s!name:PTSerif-Regular] [\s!features=\s!default] \definefontsynonym [ParatypeSerif-Italic] ...
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Macro for the average width of a character

How can i made a macro similar to \averagecharwidth of ConTeX in LaTeX, that calculates the average width of a character based on the frequency of that character into my document ? that macro is show ...
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Number kerning in ConTeXt math mode is different and worse than normal

Compare these two: \starttext \unit{0.01 kilogram} $ \unit{0.01 kilogram} $ \stoptext I would naively expect these to produce very similar results, but the latter case—the one in math mode—we get ...
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Center in ConTeXt

What is the equivalent of \begin{center}...\end{center} in ConTeXt? I know \raggedcenter, but that not an environment. I could define one command, but surely there is anything like that predefined.
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Improving the legibility of a pdfTeX produced PDF on Google Docs

My draft dissertation (google docs link here) shows up remarkably poorly on google docs. It was rendered on ConTeXt MkIV with the default pdf engine (pdftex, I believe.) What steps do I need to take ...
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How to get the current directory name in ConTeXt?

Assume the file, source.tex is placed in /home/user/Birds/ and the user types context source.tex to compile the file. Is there a way for ConTeXt to retrieve the name of the folder that the file is ...
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Why is pdflatex automatically loading a ConTeXt package and crashing

If I process the following MWE with pdflatex (TeXLive 2012, Linux) \documentclass{article} \usepackage{color} \def\mymacro#1{#1} \begin{document} \pdfinfo{/Title (Some text \textbf{This macro causes ...
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CritTeXt — any sign of life?

I've been fascinated by the announcements of the upcoming features of CritTeXt in 2007. As I learned from a thread on NTG-context from early 2010 we shouldn't expect a dedicated package, but that ...
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Continuously compile/watch source files in ConTEXt?

Is there an equivalent to latexmk in Context? I want the script to watch my source files for changes and continuously recompile them. Here is how I would do it with latexmk: latexmk -bibtex -pdf ...
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How to vertically center content in ConTeXt?

I would like to vertically center my title page. I have tried code like this, but it does not work: \vfill \startalignment[center] Title \stopalignment \vfill I am using ConTeXt, so the ...
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Creating a ConTeXt/LaTeX hybrid module

I have a simple titlepage, which I want to make available for ConTeXt- as well as LaTeX users. Each should just type \usemodule[myTitlepage], or \usepackage{myTitlepage}, respectively. I want to do ...
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Ligatures in (Graphite) TrueType fonts

When using ConTeXt MkIV (i.e. with the LuaTeX engine), I’ve noticed that ligatures don’t work properly for some TrueType fonts, even though they do work in LuaLaTeX or even LibreOffice. As far as I ...
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Formulas in ConTeXt are different from those in plain TeX

I often typeset formulas using TeX and friends. I noticed they are different between ConTeXt and plain TeX recently. \starttext \startformula \int\nolimits_a^bf(x)dx=F(b)-F(a) \stopformula \stoptext ...
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How to create form letters from spreadsheet data in ConTeXt?

In LaTeX, one can use datatool to build simple form letters. As an example, the data is stored in a spreadsheet or CSV file, like this: Name,Amount,Date "Mr. White","$300","Dec. 2, 1911" "Mr. ...
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How to set output directory in context command?

When using lualatex or pdflatex commands, there is an option to set the destination/processing folder as lualatex -output-directory=/destination/folder file.tex I was unable to find a similar ...
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Equivalent of \chapter[title]{title} in ConTeXt

In LaTeX, one can use \chapter[A]{B}, such that, in the table of contents, "A" appears, but in the actual page where the chapter begins, "B" appears. This allows one to print different text in the ...
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Why does Context line-break my quotation and leave the quotation sign on it's own row?

Using Context to set a book I have the following problem: Context linebreaks some quotations in a way that makes the quotation sign (in my case a guillemet [sic!]) appear on its own row. How can i ...
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Written response spaces for a workbook in ConTeXt

I am making a workbook in ConTeXt. Throughout the workbook, there will be many spaces for the owner to write in short answers of one or two paragraphs. This can be quite simple, perhaps just a ...
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Applying van de Graaf's Canon (ninths-division) in ConTeXt

I'm sure this is an obvious question but after much tinkering all I've managed to do is confuse myself. I'm typesetting a book. The paper size is 5.5×8.5". I want to apply the canons of page ...
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MetaPost: Randomly generated number, distinct from previously generated number

Overview Looking to create random page background colours where the same background colour never appears more than once in succession (i.e., red, green, blue, green, blue, red, etc. -- never red, ...
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Context Project Seems to Ignore Products

When I typeset the following project, it seems that the products aren't being found. I can typeset the product itself without any trouble, but typsetting the project as a whole doesn't generate a PDF ...
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ConTeXt+MetaPost: Non-conflicting random background and foreground colours

Overview Looking to create a page that has a random (and non-consecutively repeating) background colour with titles that are also random. Problem The code has two problems. First, generating a ...
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How to span the content across two pages in ConTeXt?

Most of the pages in my document look like this, a layout common in books: ___________________________ | | | | Title | ........... | | | ........... | | ...
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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 ...
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How to prevent tables from being wider than the text width in ConTeXt?

I have some tables like this: \starttabulate[|l|l|] \HL \NC Title 1 \NC Title 2 \NC\NR \HL \NC This is a sentence. \NC This is another sentence. \NC\NR \HL \stoptabulate ...
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Different content if command returns empty text (ConTeXt)

I have the following code in my ConTeXt environment: \startsetups[sectioninfo] \ss \rlap{\userpagenumber} \hfill § \getmarking[sectionnumber][current] \emspace \bf ...
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From XeLaTeX's Unicode-math to ConTeXt's typescript

I search a way to translate the following XeLaTeX's declaration (based on the unicode-math package) \setmainfont{Linux Libertine G} \setsansfont[Scale=MatchLowercase]{Liberation Sans} ...
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Writing a letter in ConTeXt, formatting issues

I'm writing a letter to someone, using ConTeXt. I'm running into some formatting issues. The following is the code I have, and the PDF output. There are two things that I'd like to fix. ...
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Augmented matrices in ConTeXt?

In LaTeX, I could use: \[ \left[\,\begin{array}{rr|r}2&-3&6\\ 3&4&-9\end{array}\,\right] \] However, in ConTeXt, especially if I want right-alignments of columns, I seem to have to ...
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Unicode, right to left characters in command names

What is the status, in terms of category codes, of all the Unicode letters above ASCII in XeTeX (using XeLaTex+fontspec) and LuaTeX (using ConTeXt)? Can I define a macro using Unicode characters (ex. ...
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ConTeXt vs LaTeX compilation time

In the past I used ConTeXt only when some font was not available in LaTeX -- I may probably be wrong -- but my impression is that ConTeXt is compiling faster than LaTeX. For a document that compiles ...
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Strange problem with frames (ConTeXt tables) [closed]

Leads to a bug report on the ConTeXt mailing list: [dev-context] bTABLE in header and document give unexpected behavior When using this code I get a problem with the frame around the header on ...
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How to set two or more paragraphs to use the same amount of vertical space?

Given several paragraphs in ConTeXt or plain TeX, how can I ensure that all paragraphs use the same amount of vertical space, by adding white space to the end, as the longest paragraph in the set? ...
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How to sort the order of pages so that they can be printed in a folded book?

I am using ConTeXt to print a book. Each page is A5, but the print store can only print on A4 paper, so they print 2 pages on each side of the A4 paper. I used this code to specify the layout: ...
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How to increase the node memory size in ConTeXt?

With a very large document, after about 30 minutes of compiling with context, I get this error: ! TeX capacity exceeded, sorry [node memory size=100987760]. I added a line to texmf.cnf which says ...
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Is it possible to have thin lines or crop marks to help cut the pages with \setuparranging?

I have something like this: \setuppagenumbering[state=stop] \setuppapersize[A5,landscape][A4] \setuplayout[topspace=1cm,backspace=1cm, header=0mm,footer=0mm, width=middle,height=middle] ...
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Defining the size of a graphic based on the number of rows it should span in ConTeXt

I am using ConTeXt to make a document containing many illustrations. Some will appear placed like this (the area in brackets is where the illustration will appear: This is some text. This is some ...
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How to switch fonts when the language switches in ConTeXt?

I have a mostly English-language document, with fonts defined like this: \usemodule[simplefonts] \setmainfont[MinionPro-Regular] \setsansfont[MyriadPro-Bold] Occassionally, I need to have some ...
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ConTeXt: Cannot typeset four consecutive hyphens

I'm having trouble typsetting four consecutive hyphens in a custom font. Here's a minimal example: \definesimplefont[myfonthere][myfontname] \starttext {\myfonthere ----} \stoptext This always ...
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How to avoid transliteration of Russian text in ConTeXt?

Using TexShop on Mac OS I try to compile a code: \setupbodyfont[dejavu] \enableregime[utf] \mainlanguage[russian] \starttext Немного русского текста для пробы. \stoptext But it gives me a ...
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Eliminate topspace and bottomspace in ConTeXt

Background Looking to put the page number flush to the bottom of the page using ConTeXt. The key lines in the Minimum Working Example (MWE) below are: \setuplayout[ topspace=\zeropoint, ...
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How to disable the header at any page in ConTeXt?

I haven't written an article since I paid my attention to ConTeXt. Now it is a chance to do it. I have tried to set the header, but failed. The structure of this article is like this: ... title ...
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Abstracting an author list

I am writing an academic paper and have no problem manually formatting an author list like \startnarrower[middle] \startalignment[middle] Author One\thanks{email_one@gmail.com}, Author ...
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How to create in-paragraph enumerations in ConTeXt?

The ConTeXt wiki article on enumerations shows many solutions for creating an enumerated list, however, I see no examples for creating an in-paragraph enumeration, e.g.: Five animals lived in the ...
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How can I effectively diff 2 versions of a book produced by ConTeXt?

I have just made significant revisions to my thesis which has been typeset with ConTeXt. The project file pulls from approximately 20-30 files spread over 8 directories producing a document of 414 ...
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How to register a callback in ConTeXt

In ConTeXt mkiv, how do I register a callback? callback.register() does nothing (and IIRC most callbacks are frozen anyway) and somewhere I found tasks.appendaction, but this gives me an error that ...
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How can I report a bug in ConText?

I searched on wiki.contextgarden.net and www.pragma-ade.com, but could not find anything.
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Set margin background colour for all chapter pages

Problem The \setupbackgrounds macro has the ability to change the background colour of the margins, from the top of the page to the bottom: \setupbackgrounds[footer,header,text][rightmargin][ ...
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Compound/nested section numbers in ConTeXt: how to omit the top level? E.g. 1.2.1 --> 2.1

In the following MWE, titles have no displayed number, but sections (the second level) are still numbered 1.1, 1.2, etc, because the titles have an internal number. I would like the sections to ...