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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ConTeXt: Using system-installed TrueType/OpenType fonts

I'm trying to use Cambria for text and Calibri for headings in a ConTeXt document, but I don't understand what is happening at all, nothing seems to have any effect and in the end it falls back to ...
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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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Typesetting annuity and life-insurance symbols in ConTeXt

How do I typeset annuity and life-insurance symbols, actuarial notation in ConTeXt. I see there are packages available but not for ConTeXt. Thanks
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ConTeXt SciTE tries to open sumatrapdf by default

I just installed SciTE and ConTeXt on windows using the directions from this website http://wiki.contextgarden.net/Windows_Installation:_ConTeXt_Suite_with_SciTe And it appears everything works but ...
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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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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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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: 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: Adjust colour value (brightness/luminosity)

Background In MetaPost, colours can be lightened or darkened by calling the transparency function. However, this allows other colours to show through, which isn't necessarily desirable all the time. ...
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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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Conditional column break in ConTeXt

Background Trying to determine whether a column break must be inserted on a two-column page. There are multiple sections on the page. Before the last section on the page, I want to insert a column ...
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Make ConTeXt ignore system-fonts?

How can I make ConTeXt ignore my system-fonts? Currently, ConTeXt scans and uses all system fonts (all the files in the font folder of windows 7) first and the fonts in the ConTeXt folder second. I ...
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Currency/number formatting in ConTeXt

I am stuck trying to format numbers particularly currency. I assume I need to define something so that I can say \mynum{$234234} and this is then typeset as $ 234 234.00 for instance. From what I ...
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How to wrap text around framed floats in ConTeXt?

The goal is to embed an image into a coloured box with text. I tried with \placefigure and \starthangaround. They work fine outside a frame, but once put inside a frame the text collides with the ...
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Any advanced example of layout designing with ConTeXt?

I'm looking for an advanced example of layout designing with ConTeXt? I've checked reference manual and few another docs from contextgarden, but they show only simple, elementary things. I'm ...
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PDF Colour Space and ConTeXt

Background Trying to create a PDF that includes a vectorized cover page having transparent colours. I would like the PDF to have the same appearance in Acrobat Reader, Firefox PDF Viewer, Foxit ...
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LaTeX - ConTeXt converter or there and back again:)

I'm looking for some converter LaTeX -> ConTeXt and perhaps LaTeX <- ConTeXt (just in case). I can write simple script and implement translation of basic syntax, but perhaps someone did it?
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LaTeX + Memoir or ConTeXt MkIV?

Is it worth to migrate from LaTeX (with Memoir) to ConTeXt? I think about it, but I have few doubts: LaTeX + Memoir is a well documented team, while ConTeXt not, LaTeX + Memoir is a team that works ...
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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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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: 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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Macro to get character width in ConTeXt

Background Looking to adjust the location of the first letter in a word based on its width. Problem The calculation resembles: \define[1]\StyleChapterChar{% \cldcontext{string.sub("#1",1,1)}% } ...
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Expand background image to fill page in ConTeXt

Background Looking to make a background image scale to fill an entire page. Code I tried changing the dimensions of the page to fill the entire area and then drop in an external image: ...
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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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Insert section title within index in ConTeXt

Background Each recipe in a recipe book has ingredients, and those ingredients can be common for different recipes throughout the book. For example: Code I've added the comma and colours as ...
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Use deeptextcommand and custom register in ConTeXt

Background Looking to emphasize the first letter of the index chapter title. Code The following code does not work as expected: \defineframed[StyleChapterFramed][ frame=off, ] ...
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Include custom index chapter title in table of contents in ConTeXt

Problem The following code is used to prevent pagination from being applied to the index: \setuphead[chapter,section][ number=no, page=yes, continue=no, ] \definehead[StyleIndex][chapter] ...
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bug? unwanted gap in 2nd columnset

(Disclosure: I posted this question on the NTG ConTeXt mailing list before the weekend. I have not received any replies yet, so now I'm asking here.) We have a document where a gap occurs in a ...
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How to teach ConTeXt to recognize and format custom syntax?

I have a document filled with editor's comments, appearing like this: \starttext This [is ]some text with comment[s] added to show corrections to erro[r]s. \stoptext I need to make ...
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ConTeXt: Wrapped text misbehaves at page breaks

On this site, a solution for text wrapping based on descriptions in Pandoc-generated ConTeXt documents was previously formulated. Although satisfactory for a one-page minimum working example, the then ...
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How to manually increment the chapter number in ConTeXt?

I need to manually adjust the chapter number in a book, so that three chapter numbers are missing. \starttext \chapter{Birds of Africa} \chapter{Birds of Australia} \stoptext "Birds of ...
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ConTeXt: How to increase line-spacing in title?

Pandoc generates ConTeXT document titles using a standard simple scheme that sets the title in \tfd. I already changed the default font and size of \tfd. However, when a title is so long that it ...
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ConTeXt: How can I prevent a block of text from being split over a page break?

At the end of below minimum working example there is a funny \startdelimitedtext[endtext] which should be printed at the bottom of the last page without being split over a page break. How do I render ...
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ConTeXt Standalone installation problem under Debian GNU/Linux

I am trying to install ConTexT Standalone under LMDE, a Debian GNU/Linux operating system. I followed the system-wide installation instructions step-by-step without any problem. Except for the final ...
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Is there a ConTeXt command to print the path of the file in which it is evoked?

I would like to put a URL-link in the output PDF of a ConTeXt file. It should point to the directory in which the ConTeXt file and its output PDF reside. Currently, I am using a shell script in my ...
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How hard is it to use typo-dir.lua in LaTeX?

I tried to use typo-dir.lua from ConTeXt distribution in LaTeX but I could not. I searched all context sources and I added all missing functions but still it did not work. Is it possible to use this ...
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Devanagari/Indic in LuaTeX

As I gather from the mailing lists, LuaTeX is currently unable to render devanagari properly because it doesn't understand the complex ligature rules involved. This is my experience with test ...
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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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ConTeXt: Figure scaling to width and text wrapping for Pandoc-generated documents

Consider the following Pandoc-generated ConTeXt document: \setuppapersize [A4][A4] \setuplayout [width=middle, backspace=1.5in, cutspace=1.5in, height=middle, topspace=0.75in, ...
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ConTeXt: How to change the background color and border of a Pandoc-generated blockquote?

Consider the following minimum working example containing a blockquote as defined in a Pandoc-generated document: \setuppapersize [A4][A4] \setuplayout [width=middle, backspace=1.5in, ...
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How to prevent page breaks from appearing at the point where a sub-itemized list begin in ConTeXt?

I have a lengthy document containing lots of itemized lists, in two levels. It is like this, but often much longer: \startitemize[r] \item This is a statement. \startitemize[n] ...
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How to place an “Ex.” item at the beginning of an itemized list in ConTeXt?

I created a macro which displays an list of numbers, where readers can write in their answers to a question. \def\answers{ \startitemize[n] \docursive{3}{\item} \stopitemize } In ...
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Stretch image width within a two-column layout in ConTeXt

Background Trying to place an image within two-column text. Problem The image renders as follows, where the vertical bar is the column separator: Code The following code produces the problem ...
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ConTeXt: Is there a package or functionality similar to the LaTeX mwe package?

I would like to post questions here concerning ConTeXt and graphics. However, I cannot find a minimum working example package for ConTeXt like Martin Scharrer's mwe package for LaTeX. Nothing alike ...
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How to invert direction of brackets (for a right to left text) in ConTeXt?

The Unicode Bidirectional algorithm mandates that the glyph for the character "left parenthesis" (and many others) be inverted when displaying text in RTL direction. However I am trying to typeset in ...
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ConTeXt: Wrong mathmatrix spacing between rows in startalign-environment

When using a mathmatrix (e.g. for vectors) in between \startalign and \stopalign, the spacing between rows becomes too large. I'm running Mark IV and the problem exists on live.contextgarden.net as ...
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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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Two-column layout with thick vertical rule in ConTeXt

Background I would like to add a thick rule centered between two columns. Example Code A minimum working example that illustrates the issue: \setupcolors[state=start] ...
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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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Change list bullet style independently from each other in ConTeXt

Background I would like to vary the style of multiple itemized lists on the same page, independently from one another. Code A short example: \setuppapersize[A5] \setupcolors[state=start] % ...