ConTeXt is a TeX macro package like LaTeX and eplain. It provides a consistent, key-value driven user interface, supports all TeX engines, is tightly integrated with LuaTeX & Metapost, and supports grid-typesetting, PDF/A, PDF/X, XML/XHTML & ePub export.

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Learning Plain TeX via ConTeXt's LuaTeX-plain Format

Succinctly as I can: Want to learn Plain TeX (but with modern conveniences such as UTF-8, mplib, TiKz, etc.) Have much respect for the ConTeXt group of people. Liked the idea, when I stumbled upon ...
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ConTeXt + XeTeX (TeXLive 2012) does not work for Indic scripts like Malayalam

This is a follow up question to What is the state of support for (Unicode) Indic scripts in Context? I have been trying to get texexec/mkii to work with XeTeX engine, but the resulting rendering is ...
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No gridding for a single paragraph (ConTeXt)?

Is there a possibility to deactive grid=yes in the text for a single paragraph only? It should be something like \nogrid{ paragraph.... }. There is \placeongrid{} - but this does not allow ...
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About the internals of ConTeXt

It appears that ConTeXt is more structured than LaTeX2e in terms of naming scheme, key-value naming, macros, etc. However I haven't seen any guide or so that explains how this structure works. Where ...
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Printing only the text that appears between two symbols

I have a macro which contains some text: \textmacro{This is some text.} Normally, when compiled, it should just print text, like this: This is some text. Sometimes, the text contains “①”and “②”, ...
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Italic in ConTeXt

What is the equivalent of the LaTeX-code \textit{} in ConTeX? It sets the text in the brackets italic. There is \it but I am searching for something like \startit...\stopit.
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How to retrieve a value which is set later on in the document?

According to What is the recommended way to assign a value to a variable and retrieve it for later use?, in ConTeXt, one can use \setvalue{name}{value} to set a value and \getvalue{name}, to retrieve ...
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Why does fontspec interfere with Ligatures? (In retrospect: How the dutch hyphenate)

The tufte sample text (provided by ConTeXt) contains a || sequence which normally gets turned into an emdash. For some reason the inclusion of fontspec disables this. I've tried to use various options ...
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How to switch page numbers to/from Roman numerals

I am trying to have the page numbering of the front matter in lower case Roman and the rest in Arabic numbers. I also don't want the number on the title page (though it should be counted). According ...
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How to make a fancy rule under a line of text in ConTeXt

I've (mis)used LaTeX on and off for the past 10 years and am now trying out ConTeXt, mostly because it allows alignment to a baseline grid. I'd like to produce a rule (line) below some text such that ...
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Metapost - Boundary box

I want to make a series of images with Metapost and Context. I want the height and width of the images to be fixed ( like a frame ) and center the picture drawn with Metapost inside that frame. So, is ...
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Fatal format file error; stymied. fmtutil: infinite recursion

I'm using texlive / ConTeXt / Xetex, but I don't know which of those might be relevant to the problem. The summary is that when I run TeX, I get a "Fatal format file error; I'm stymied" message. ...
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How to add whitespace after every item in a list in ConTeXt?

I have a document containing some questions. I need to leave readers space to write a few sentences as an answer. I am using this code: \startitemize[r] \item Where do most bears live? \item ...
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How to make part titles visible in ConTeXt?

ConTeXt has \part, \chapter, and \section titles, however, it seems that \part is disabled by default. If I used \part in my document, it is visible in the table of contents, but not in the document. ...
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How to replace specific words with an underscore equal in length to the original word replaced in ConTeXt?

My problem is identical to Phantom and line break, however, I am using ConTeXt. I am creating a cloze test, e.g.: Frogs have four ____ and two eyes. The original text in the source appears like ...
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Replacing matching text with a macro containing information from a CSV file

I have some data stored in a CSV file, in this manner: 000000001 @ name @ information @ more information @ some more information I also have a information.tex file containing the numbers from 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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Sans serif fonts for section titles in ConTeXt

In LaTeX, some document classes specify sans serif fonts for chapter and section titles, and serif fonts for the main text of a document. what is the proper way to achieve this in ConTeXt? I have code ...
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Background color of cells in ConTeXt

I'd like to set the background colors for cells to indicate their relations. How can I do this in ConTeXt?
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Is there something like chktex for ConTeXt?

I'm using ConTeXt MKIV (if that makes a difference here). The problem is I'm writing my ConTeXt in vim, and a I have a syntax/style checker plugin called syntastic. The thing is it's using chktex for ...
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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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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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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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How to create tables of contents limited to parts of a document in ConTeXt?

I am working with a multi-volume document within a single PDF and with no reset page or section numbers. As ConTeXt does not seem to have any \volume title, as it has for \part and \chapter, I just ...
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How do I have all section titles, etc bold-faced, in ConTeXt?

I'm just experimenting with ConTeXt. At the moment, all my \section and \subject headings are appearing in large type. But I'd like them (and the \section numbers) all in bold-face. I've tried ...
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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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Vertically align \framed with itemized list using ConTeXt

Problem The numbers in the following itemized list are not aligned with the text: Code It is possible to adjust the vertical alignment using the offset command: % Itemized bullet list ...
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Apply columns to sections without explicitly bracketing each section

Background Creating a document that can have zero-, two-, or three-column layouts, depending on user preferences. I would like to keep the content clean of \columnsets by redefining only the sections ...
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Define colour transparency in relation to existing colour

Background Using ConTeXt to develop a nice theme where users can change the colour scheme, but still get the same "feeling" for the output, primary, secondary, and tertiary colours are defined. For ...
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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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Why does ConTeXt sometimes ignore surrounding font properties?

I am working on a document which contains a wide range of font styles and sizes. I am using commands such as \ss to change to sans serif, \tfa to set the font size to size "a", and \bf to make text ...
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Bibliography in ConTeXt

I have two problems with bibliography using ConTeXt ver: 2013.01.10 01:04 MKIV. I would like to get \citet like behaviour Author name [1]. However, presently the MWE produces only the numbers. ...
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Minipages in macros for ConTeXt

In LaTex I build the following macro "kum" for translating arabic to german. The result are two minipages, left one with german, right one with arabic (the other two minipages were for design-issues). ...
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ConTeXt - Binding Offset

In LaTeX, the geometry package allowed me to specify a binding offset (an amount by which the content area of each page was shifted away from the binding) for book layout. I'm very new to ConTeXt and ...
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ConTeXt TABLEs, how to automatically fit table size with text with \setupTABLE

When I type something like \bTABLE \bTR\bTD abc\eTD\bTD abcdefg\eTD\eTR \bTR\bTD 123456789\eTD\bTD 1234\eTD\eTR \eTABLE in ConTeXt, it automatically sets the column widths to fit the text contained ...
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ConTeXt: Part, chapter, section, and subsection names

Background Looking to include the section within an index. Problem In LaTeX the nameref package allows coding a contextual macro called \currentname. This allows users to refer to the current ...
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Remove the space above/below itemizes and descriptions

In the document below an itemize is nested in a description and I want to have no vertical space between the entries. I removed the space above and below of itemizes and descriptions using ...
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Context - Error creating boxes in loop

The following code creates an array of boxes to represent an array. \startMPinclusions input boxes ; \stopMPinclusions \starttext \startluacode function createGraphic(k,c,indH) local i=1 ...
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Bold math in Context

I am not able to get bold math symbols using context. Details: I am using Tex-live 2012 distribution. Compiled using context main.tex which means I am using context mkiv. Log file shows the version ...
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Custom table of contents style in ConTeXt

I want to change the style of the table of contents: Chapter entries shouldn't have a dotted line. (see below) Chapters without a number should have no left spacing. (see below) The dotted line ...
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How to make written text within math mode appear using the font of the surrounding text in ConTeXt?

In some parts of my document, I have text inside of math mode, to position text, e.g.: \math{ \overset{ \text{This text is above.} } { \text{This text is below.} } } ...
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Text in outer margin of multiple columns

I want to put some text in the outer margin (by which I mean on the left side of the page of even pages and on the right side of odd pages) of the page. My naive approach of using \inoutermargin{Text} ...
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formatting natural table header with conTeXt

I am struggling with my table formatting a bit and hope there is someone around here that can give me some help. This is the table I have at the moment. \bTABLE \startTABLEhead \bTR \bTD ...
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AMSsymb in ConTeXt

Where can I find some of the functionality, namely the symbols, from the LaTeX package AMSSymb in ConTeXt? For example, how do I place a \blacksquare? Is there an equivalent in ConTeXt? I didn't find ...
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ConTeXt TABLEs width

I am using the "natural tables" in ConTeXt: \bTABLE \bTR \bTD 2 \eTD \bTD 3 \eTD \eTR \bTR \bTD 2 \eTD \bTD 3 \eTD \eTR \eTABLE How can I setup the table that the whole table uses a certain width? ...
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Table of Contents for poetry collection (ConTeXt)

I'm getting stumped about how to generate the ToC for this book. I'm about to give up and just do it by hand. The author wants to include a lot of structural information that isn't present in the ...
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Compilation error with \ifnum in ConTeXt

Why the following code gives me the following error? Code: \begingroup \catcode`\"=12 \gdef\newmcodes@{\mathcode`\'39\mathcode`\*42\mathcode`\."613A% \ifnum\mathcode`\-=45 \else ...
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\setuppagenumbering[location=] causes problem in Context

I am new to tex world. I am converting a markdown to pdf, first using the pandoc to create the text and then ConText to generate the pdf. I hope to release the template to wider pandoc audience if I ...
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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 ...