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TikZ frame paragraph span across pages in ConTeXt

I tried to reproduce the following example in ConTeXt: http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/framed-tikz/ How can I substitute the LaTeX framed package, that is make the frame span across multiple ...
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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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How to allow footnotes in frontmatter content in ConTeXt?

I have a document structured like this: \starttext \startfrontmatter \startstandardmakeup This is a title.\footnote{This is a footnote.} \stopstandardmakeup ...
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How to keep section titles together with the content in ConTeXt?

I found many places in my document where the subsection titles are places alone at the bottom of the page with the content on the next page, like this: ____________ ____________ | | ...
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How to place text on the second page of the frontmatter in ConTeXt?

I need to put the copyright text on the second page of my ConTeXt document, on the verso page. I am using \startfrontmatter and \startstandardmakeup to create the title and authorship pages in the ...
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How to display the chapter number in the headers in ConTeXt?

I am using serupheadertexts to define the headers in my document: \setuphead[chapter] [number=yes] \setupheadertexts[{\getmarking[chapter]}][][][] I want to access the chapter ...
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How to place multiple lines of text in the headers in ConTeXt?

I am using this to place headers within my document: \setupheadertexts[{Birds of South America \getmarking[chapter]}][][][] I tried to place the title on a different line, using \\, \crlf, \vskip, ...
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How to place chapter titles in the header only on the first page of each chapter in ConTeXt?

How can I place the chapter titles in the header, but only on the first page of that chapter? This is the opposite of the question, How to prevent chapter titles from appearing in the header on the ...
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\lettrine causes strange line breaks

Since I updated to ConTeXt 2012 and mkIV, each time I want to write a dropped capital I got a strange result (I mean, that extra line break) with the first line of the paragraph the dropped capital is ...
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Bad layout with both lettrine module and builtin initals in two column setup in ConTeXt

I am seeing broken positioning of letters produced by the lettrine module. Here is my MVE: \setuppapersize[A4][A4] \usemodule[lettrine] \definehead[recipe][section] \setuphead[recipe][ ...
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ConTeXt problems

I am trying to typeset some recipes. I have already tried LaTeX and now I am trying the same/similar with ConTeXt. I am having huge problems with it. I have already been on this for two days and I ...
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How to set the line width of vector graphics in ConTeXt?

I have several vector graphics in PDF format that I want to place in my ConTeXt document. I added them with \externalfigure[graphic.pdf], some scaled to different sizes. All of the lines in these ...
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How to vertically center text on the centerline of short lower-case letters in ConTeXt?

I have a title in my document like this: Birds of South America “Birds”, “of”, and “South America” are each in different fonts and sizes, like this: {\ssc Birds} {\cga of} {\ssd South America} ...
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How to use a custom symbol for enumerations in ConTeXt?

I need to make an itemized checklist in ConTeXt. I tried all of the available built-in symbols, which gives a dot, line, star, triangle, small circle, medium circle, and large circle, but I need a ...
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How to create outline text with a solid interior in ConTeXt?

Following the instructions for \definespotcolor at the ConTeXt Garden, I created some outlined text: \defineeffect[outline][alternative=outer,rulethickness=.25pt] \starttext \starteffect[outline] ...
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How to span the background graphic across verso and recto pages in ConTeXt?

I want to place background images behind all of my part titles, with the image spanning across two pages, e.g.: ___________ ___________ | | | | Part 1 | | | Birds of ...
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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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How to leave a blank space at the top of each page only for chapter and section titles in ConTeXt?

I have a document that looks like this: __________________ __________________ | | | | Chapter Title | Section ....... | | | ....... ....... | ...
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Why is this CSV form letter code incompatible with the table of contents in ConTeXt?

Using the code in the answer to How to create form letters from spreadsheet data in ConTeXt?, I am building a document from data in a CSV file. I found that some part of the code is incompatible with ...
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If LaTeX is only a macro package, why does it have its own executable?

From other answers on this site and the FAQ of the TeX User Group my understanding is that: TeX is the original typesetting program, written by Knuth Omega, eTeX, pdfTeX, XeTeX, LuaTeX are engines. ...
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Link to start of current section, automatically, in ConTeXt?

I want page headers to link to the start of the current \subject, and – because I am automatically processing an XML document – I want to do this without manually entering the subject label. (This may ...
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Is there a “smoking gun” to distinguish between ConTeXt and plain TeX

I'm writing a tool to streamline some typesetting jobs, and I am having trouble distinguishing between plain Tex and ConTeXt. LaTeX is straightforward to recognise by the \documentclass command (or ...
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Using ConTeXts cow font with pdfTeX

So I have really become intrigued with the Cow font of context, however I really wish I would be able to use this with latex. I found a place, where it listed the steps on what to do, but it was ...
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Disable grid typesetting in ConTeXt [closed]

Is there any way to disable grid typesetting in ConTeXt. \setuplayout[grid=yes] gives the default behaviour of grid snapping, but so does \setuplayout[grid=no]. is there any way to turn off grid ...
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Parallel text in ConTeXt

I need to type parallel text on facing pages (original text on right page and translation on left one) in ConTeXt. I've used ledpar in Latex but wasn't satisfied with the results (text is aligned on a ...
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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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Set layout for the first page of Chapters in ConTeXt

When designing some documents, I hope I can set a global layout and another layout for the first page of all chapters. I have defined two layouts as follows: \setuppagenumbering ...
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How to set \framed to make the baseline of the whole \framed as same as the first line in this \framed in ConTeXt?

An simple example: \starttext \setupframed[align=right,frame=off,offset=none] \framed{A\hskip3em\framed{B\\ C}} \stoptext How can I set the framed which contains B\\ C so that the baseline of ...
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any books on ConText?

I am not able to find any books on Context on amazon. While I see many books on Latex. But I read elsewhere that Context is a good system, so I wanted to learn it by reading a book about it. How ...
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How to lock a static text in the margin in ConTeXt?

Even though I have a some manuals at hand I can't seem to find a solution for my problem. Within an invoice I created with ConTeXt (MkIV) I have placed a short paragraph in the right margin. This ...
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How to add the preface to Contents in ConTeXt?

I am writing an aritcle on English grammar which has a preface in the front matter. Now I found that the preface wasn't added to contents. I try to redefine the combinedlist, but it still has no ...
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Draw a line under the headertext in ConTeXt

Sometimes, in order to seperate the headertext from the text area, I need draw a line just under the headertext. \setuppagenumbering [location=, alternative=doublesided] \definepagebreak ...
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Arbitrary Paper Size in ConTeXt?

I would like to typeset a document into a single-page PDF that may be a meter long. Clearly this is not a A4, A5, A6 page size. Is it possible to specify arbitrary page sizes, like with the geometry ...
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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 do I get italic texts figures in ConTeXt?

Inside an italic section I want to place text figures (which should be italic as well). How do I achieve this? (The document is in ConTeXt MKII.) Both of the following examples produces non italic ...
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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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Adjusting letterspacing in ConTeXt [closed]

I need to adjust the letterspacing of the font I'm using. I'm currently using the font like this: \usemodule[simplefonts] \definefontfeature[default][default][protrusion=quality,expansion=quality] ...
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Get the empty page before a new chapter in ConTeXt?

When starting new chapters on right-hand side, it would better make the previous page empty (no footer and header). This can be done by defining a new pagebreak and setup head, ...
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How to typeset the titlepage and its verso in ConTeXt?

I typeset the titlepage and its verso, but it always generate an empty page on the right if facing. My codes are as follows: \setupinteraction [state=stop, title=Life in These Days, ...
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How to enable the page number counter but don't display it in the titlepage in ConTeXt?

I have observed some books and find that these books start the page number counter in the titlepage (some even do this from the cover) but don't display the page number in the titlepage, also the ...
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Set the width of every columns of a table in ConTeXt

Sometimes, I need such a table whose column widths should be equal with each other. Here is an example: Name Email John john1989@gmail.com Bill bill1990@outlook.com Tim ...
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Is fine-grained grid control possible? [closed]

I want to make a variety of checklists which are essentially based on a grid layout. I care about having fine-grained control over the exact placement of labels and boxes. I do not care about ...
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how to change the footnote text color in ConTeXt?

The default color of footnote texts is black, if I want to change it into red, how can I achieve this? I have used the \setupfootnotes [textcolor=red] or \setupfootnotes ...
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Problems with multiple \starthanging \stophanging in ConTeXT

I'm trying to place multiple figures with additional side text using ConTeXT one after the other. When there are two figures in a row they overlap. How should they be separated? The following ...
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Is there an environment in ConTeXt to center a poem?

I want to center the poem written by William Blake. Is there an environment in ConTeXt to achieve this? My only method is the midaligned \midaligned{To see a world in a grain of sand} ...
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How to start a new chapter at right hand side in ConTeXt?

I have read the manual and try the \setuphead [chapter] [page=right] but it has no effect :-(
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Page numbers (Roman number and Arabic numerals) in ConTeXt

My simple document is divided into only two parts (it's only some math notes). \starttext % frontmatter \startstandardmakeup ... % the cover \stopstandardmakeup \completecontent \startbodymatter ... ...
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ConTeXt under cygwin

Since I couldn't use the first-setup.bat script behind my authentication based, HTTP only, corporate proxy, I went for cygwin. I installed the version 20120628-1 of a package named ...
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How to get the head number (only a digital) in ConTeXt MKIV?

In my country, we usually don't use number 1, 2 ... as the head number (the section number, the chapter number and so on) but our own characters, for instance, the 一 stands for number 1, the 二 stands ...