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ConTeXt: vertical spacing

I'm a bit confused about how to specify vertical whitespace. The following document works: \setupwhitespace[line] \setuphead[subsection] [after={\blank[2*line]}] \starttext \subsection{Title} ...
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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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Alignment issues with lists in a table in ConTeXt

This issue has been answered many times for LaTeX, but I couldn't find any explanation for ConTeXt. Here is a sample that shows the alignment problem : \starttable[|cB|p(4cm)|p(4cm)|] ...
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Sort bibliography entries in alphabetical order by the entries' “short” value

How can the bibliography list entries be sorted in alphabetical order using the s ("short") field of the publication entries in the example below? I don't want to use a BibTeX file, but the ...
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How to change the font formatting in the text and numbers of footnotes in ConTeXt?

I have a document with two different types of footnotes, \noteone and \notetwo, defined with this: \definenote[noteone][footnote] \definenote[notetwo][footnote] For these two footnotes, I need to ...
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Indented block in ConTeXt

I need to write pseudocode in ConTeXt. Since there is no documentation of the t-algorithmic module, and because I don't have so much to write, I decided to format the code myself. Here is what I ...
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Rounded box around placeholder text that supports line breaking

I want to draw a rounded box around a piece of text like that: The left and right borders should be half circles and line breaking should be supported. This my code so far: \setuppapersize[A7] ...
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How to set section numbers to use whole numbers, rather than decimals, in ConTeXt? [duplicate]

I have a document like this: \setuphead[part][placehead=yes] \definestructureresetset[default][1, 0, 1, 0][1] \setuphead[sectionresetset=default] \starttext \part{Animals} ...
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ConTeXt equivalent of \renewcommand

I can use \define to define a new command, but how do I overwrite an existing one? My use case is rewriting all {\externalfigure[cow]} to \placefigure[right]{My Caption}{\externalfigure[cow]} to ...
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List all TypeScripts in ConTeXt

A TypeScript (as opposed to a font) contains font definitions for the individual font styles (regular, sans, math, etc. and bold, italic, bolditalic, etc.). I can list all the fonts with mtxrun ...
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ConTeXt: arbitrary Unicode code point

How to print a glyph by Unicode code point? i.e. what is the ConTeXt equivalent of the following LaTeX (displaying a capital Alpha): \symbol{"0391} % hex \symbol{913} % dec \symbol{'1621} % oct
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How to place section titles in the header, but not in the document?

I need to place some \part titles within my document, but make them invisible in the text, and only appear within the table of contents and headers. With this code, the \part titles are not found ...
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How to let Lua see the contents of a variable rather than just the variable name in ConTeXt?

I have some Lua code which searches for "①" and "②" within some text and prints only the text displayed between: \startluacode userdata = userdata or {} function userdata.printbetween(str, ...
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ConTeXt unicode fallback font

In case a font doesn't have some symbols, is there an easy way to just fall back to whatever font LuaTeX can find that supports that glyph, just for that symbol? Or is there a reasonably complete ...
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How to display the page range of marked locations in a passage in ConTeXt?

I have a macro placed throughout my document marking key places within a long passage. These have no relation to the chapter or section titles. _____________ _____________ | | ...
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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 ...