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Why is a page break added at the end of a column set in ConTeXt?

I have a document containing some 1-column and 2-column passages, mixed, e.g.: This sentence has no column- s. This part of are balanced the document such that t- has two col- he lines are ...
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lost linear_shade output

What is wrong with my code? The second call of SoundEnergy lost the black/white gradient. \startMPinclusions def SoundEnergy = path pr ; pr := unitsquare xscaled .3cm yscaled 2cm ; ...
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ConTeXt: Columnar section titles, floats, and images

Background Regarding floats in columns, the wiki states: By default, a title will be moved down to appear below a float, it will not be "wrapped" around a float like normal text. Problem The ...
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adjust uniformdeviate values

I need to insert in the rectangle all my 10 molecules in random way (angle and x,y position). I don't know what is wrong with my code. \startMPinclusions vardef spring (expr a, b, w, h, n) = pair ...
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Width-per-column not working in ConTeXt columnset [duplicate]

I'm trying to put some information and a table (\starttabulate...\stoptabulate) aside to a image, the image in the left column and the title and the table in the right column. So what I did is this: ...
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Error-handling in next-generation TeX tools

For many beginners (and many with more experience), the biggest obstacle to using LaTeX is the difficulty of figuring out what is causing an error. A message about something not being \defed, for ...
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ConTeXt: How do you create your own commands?

There seems to be a Current and Standard way to define new (core) commands in ConTeXt. For example, an e-mail by Wolfgang states: Many of the \define... and \setup... commands are now auto ...
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ConTeXt: Embed forward referenced figure

Background Looking to recreate the following fancy table of contents where a limited number of images in the ToC are selected at random from all the figures included in the document, without ...
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ConTeXt: Left-justify text to overlap hidden/disabled frame border

Background Looking to left- and right-align text in a footer. Problem The following image shows that the word "Betasec" is not left-aligned with the black horizontal line above it: I believe ...
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What is the correct way to create slanted text in ConTeXt?

I need to write some romanized foreign words within a passage of English text. Generally, such words should appear as slanted text. I created this simple document and noticed that while both \it and ...
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How to make footnote numbers invisible in ConTeXt?

I need to put some comments in the footnotes area in a document, but without any note numbers appearing. I've tried several things, including \footnote[numbercommand={}]{This is the footnote}, but ...
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Unable to run ConTeXt (pdfTeX) after upgrading to Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

I recently upgraded to Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and tried to run a old ConTeXt document using TeXWorks. I got the following error: ...
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ConTeXt: How to redefine the euro sign glyph?

Introduction I am writing a document using the TeX Gyre Pagella font. Unfortunately, the glyph for the euro sign (UTF-8 character U+20AC) in this font does not comply with the official euro sign ...
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ConTeXt: Change location of page numbers in table of contents

Background Looking to place the page number on the left of each section heading in the frontmatter's table of contents, similar to the following (where "Title Here" is a section title and the page ...
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Where to find the source code to the ConTeXt manuals?

Quite a number of helpful manuals can be found at the Web page of PRAGMA ADE. Some have some very interesting designs. I wonder, is there a place to download the source code for some or all of these ...
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How to place figure relatively to other figure in ConTeXt?

I have two figures. I need to place first figure with width=10cm and then place second figure with same width but it's center must be shifted to right by 9cm and down by 5cm relatively to center of ...
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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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How to define acronyms in ConTeXt?

The acronym packages allows one to easily create and display acronyms, with a simple syntax, like \ac{usb}. The first time this is called, is will say “Universal Serial Bus (USB)”, but after that, ...
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LuaLaTeX and MetaPost

Is there a LuaLaTeX equivalent of \startMPinclusions input mpfile; \stopMPincusions in ConTeXt? That is, if I have \documentclass{article} \usepackage{luamplib} \begin{document} ...
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How to vertically center content of page without makeup in ConTeXt?

I need to vertically center the content of page, content is forced to be on a separate page (delimeted with \page command). previous page content \page this content must be verticaly centered on ...
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metapost, metaobj and labels

I found this trick posted by Aditya some time ago that allowed to use metaobj in context. Currently this code no longer works. Currently, are there any way to use metaobj in context? The main problem ...
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Is there a documentation for \setupTABLE?

I need to know which parameters can be passed to \setupTABLE command. Is there any documentation or can it be extracted from source ?
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LaTex or ConTeXt for a new user? [duplicate]

I'm just starting out with LaTeX. Would I be better off learning ConTeXt instead? Which of the two is better for a beginner - assuming I do want to tweak the formatting occasionally?
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ConTeXt: Change the default text colour for entire document

Background I am looking to change the text colour for a document from black to a different dark colour. Problem The documentation shows how to change individual colours for a text document, but ...
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List of all modules in ConTeXt

Is there a comprehensive updated list of modules currently maintained? The ConTeXt wiki page for modules provides some but I am not sure if it is updated and which ones would be obsolete. It would be ...
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How do you test whether or not a ConTeXt module is installed?

How do you test whether or not a ConTeXt module is installed? I have run first-setup.bat --modules=all but how do I test if all the modules are installed?
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How to render ConTeXt source code example with rendered result in ConTeXt

I need to place source code example in ConTeXt with compiled result. code: ConTeXt code example result: compiled result I can do it like that: \mainlanguage[ru] \usemodule ...
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How to place two (or multiple) figures in a row with same height in ConTeXt?

I need to place several figures with different aspect ratios in a row using ConTeXt. I also need their heights to be equal, but summary width of pictures to be \textwidth. Height of pictures must ...
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How to place footnote under TABLE in ConTeXt?

I need to place footnotes, declared inside \bTABLE \eTABLE, just under the table, delimited with a short rule. |----------| | table | |----------| _______ *footnote I also need to \placetable ...
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Scale figure to remaining page height in ConTeXt [duplicate]

I have a page with some content on it and some remaining space at the bottom of this page. |=========| | header | |---------| | | | page | | content | | | |---------| |remaining| ...
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Error message when compiling ConTeXt document from Emacs [duplicate]

The command texexec --once --texutil --engine=xetex --interface=en --nonstop tmp.tex' gives the following error message when called from Emacs, but not when called from Terminal: ...
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ConTeXt: Hyphens for sequential page numbers in an index (register)

Background Page numbers in an index are often formatted using hyphens for references on consecutive pages, such as: 1, 4-7, 10 Code Consider the following example: ...
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ConTeXt: Set mixedcolumns maximum height for vertical rule

Background Looking to ensure that the height of a vertical rule for the first page of a section is the same as the subsequent sections. Code Minimum working example to illustrate the issue: ...
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ConTeXt: How to create nice-looking fractions

Background Looking to create vulgar fractions in the current font such those in Unicode. LaTeX has the nicefrac package that provides, as the name implies, fractions where the dividing line is a ...
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ConTeXt: Repeat second-level registers within index

Background In ConTeXt, a multi-level index can be created using: \index{level1+level2}text If the value for level2 matches the previous index value of level2, then the text for level2 is not ...
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ConTeXt: Randomly lighten or darken a colour within a threshold

Overview Looking to randomize the colours of squares of a checkerboard so that some are slightly lighter and some are slightly darker, relative to another colour. Problem The following sets a base ...
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MetaPost: Non-uniform periodic tessellations

Overview Looking to create backgrounds that have regular polygons aligned to a grid. Problem The space between the polygons varies, even though the radius for the polygons has been calculated in ...
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MetaPost: Randomly variably thick curves

Overview Looking to emulate the following sinusoidal wave having random variations in both its filled and outline thickness: The wave has two parts: a variably thick filling and a variably thick ...
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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+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 vertically align makeup page in ConTeXt?

I have a minimal example \usemodule [simplefonts][size=12pt] \setmainfont[dejavusans] \definemakeup[titlepage] \starttext \startmakeup[titlepage] {\tfd Title at top} \stopmakeup[titlepage] ...
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XeTeX (I think) problem with Mac OS X.9 [duplicate]

Just upgraded to Mac OS X.9 Maverick and XeTeX (at least us used from TexWorks, which is all I've tried) now seems to be broken though it was working before. Error message when I try to typeset with ...
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Compile metafun book with ConText (getting a cover-like)

Anyone knowns how to create (please sample code) a cover page like this?: http://context.aanhet.net/general/manuals/metafun-p.pdf The sources are available from: ...
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ConTeXt: Ignore stem height

Background Looking to create a stylized chapter heading using the first character of the heading title. Problem The stem (descender) distance of text causes the containing frame's offset to alter ...
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ConTeXt: Scale font for text based on maximum width

Background Looking to devise a scaling factor for two fonts such that the text, when added to the final document, fits on one line. Example In the images below, the two fonts are the first ...
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Error when compile Simple Slide at ConTeXt ? (ConTEXt)

I have problem about compile Simple Slide at ConTeXt, and my MWE like this \usemodule[simpleslides][style=Boxed,color=red] \setupTitle [ title={Title of the presentation}, author={Name of ...
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How to use StyleSlide at Simpleslides ? (ConTeXt)

I am very interesting use Simpleslides and My MWE like this : \usemodule[visualcounter] \usemodule[simpleslides][style=Swoosh] \setupTitle [ title={Simple Slides?}, author={Hirwanto}, ...
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How to include ConteXt version in document?

My question is exactly the same as this one: Include LaTeX version in document I want to include in my document: compiled with ConteXt version YYYY.MM.DD. Is it possible to do it automatically or I ...
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standardmakeup layer in ConTeXt

Need to place a PDF file as a watermark behind the title page and part break pages. These have been laid out using \standardmakeup. Have created the layer and can place it on a normal text page but ...
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make a glossary with ConTeXt

is there a simple way to make a glossary in ConTeXt? just like with the glossaries package in latex example : https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Glossary