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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 ...
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How to do source code listings in ConTeXt? [duplicate]

I am new to LaTeX and ConTeXt, so I hope I am not asking something obvious. I have been able to create a LaTeX document using \usepackage{listings}. Now I have discovered ConTeXt. Is it possible to ...
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Placing text in the margin next to a figure using ConTeXt [closed]

What is a good way to place a short paragraph in the margin next to a figure in ConTeXt? I've been trying the following code, but it places the \inmargin text at the base of the figure which only ...
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How to fix this fancy heading in ConTeXT

I don't know if this is a duplicate or not but we can close it if it is. I have been trying to learn ConTeXt. I specially love the heading and page number formattings that I see in the documentations ...
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The ConTeXt standalone problem [closed]

Today I installed the ConTeXt standalone by following the Windows Installation: ConTeXt Suite with SciTe. After that, I wrote a test file: \starttext hello, world! \stoptext But failed, the output ...
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How to disable the header at any page in ConTeXt?

I haven't written an article since I paid my attention to ConTeXt. Now it is a chance to do it. I have tried to set the header, but failed. The structure of this article is like this: ... title ...
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Which TeX should one start out with? [closed]

Ever since learning Vim, I've felt slow going in anything else. Lately I've been writing my notes and other small documents in Markdown using Vim. I've decided to to take it a step further by ...
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How to put signature number in footer (derived from page number)?

To make my book easier to bind I'd like to automatically put the signature number with small type in the footer of the first page of each octavo signature (except the first one which is given since it ...
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ConTeXt - Make text embody figure and respect margins

I am trying rewrite an already formatted layout to ConTeXt, but I face two major problems. Please have a look at the goal I am aiming at and at the source code below. I have tried many suggestions ...
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How can I make text figures document wide standard for numerals in Context?

In a CV I would like all numbers to be text figures. I can do this manually by using the {\os 123} switch locally, but I would like text figures to be the default in the document. How? If I make it ...
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What is the difference between \everypar and \EveryPar?

In a previous question I got recommended to use \EveryPar instead of \everypar. What is the difference between the two? Are there other commands that I should capitalize the same way in ConTeXt?
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Page numbers in Romannumeral in ConTeXt

I tried to change the page number into Romannumeral with \setuppagenumbering[conversion=romannumerals] but it did nothing. I had to use a macro to achieve that: ...
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Get confused about the `command` option in some ConTeX \setup*

Since I switched to ConTeXt from plain TeX, I always get confused about macros in it. Now it is the command option in \setup* of ConTeXt. In ConTeXt, some macros, like \setuphead, \setuplist, have ...
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Why can't I use some TrueType fonts in ConTeXt while others can? [duplicate]

Today, After reading the chapters about typography and fonts in the reference manual, I tried to define my own typescript. After mtxrun --script fonts --reload, I wrote the codes like this: % ...