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 located. It gets worse if I use it inside a \columnset environment.

\lettrine{A}{fter the three} \input ward

This is what I got with this minimal example:

Output of the minimal example provided for Lettrine.

Do you know how I can get rid of this? I must not update my ConTeXt installation yet...

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    AFAIK, the letterine module is unmaintained. Use the built-in \placeinitial macro instead.
    – Aditya
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 14:03
  • Yeah! \placeinitial works fine. But is there any sort of documentation or something? The only thing I can't do is to put a letter before the drop capital (or the "initial"), like \lettrine did with the "Ante" option. I tried with the "before" option of \setupinitial but it returns a strange result...
    – acidrums4
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 12:24
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    @acidrums4 It’s not much, I guess, but \placeinitial has a small section on the wiki. As usual, the source has some info too. Commented Jun 20, 2013 at 12:22
  • @phg Thank you so much! I've tried all morning but I couldn't put a single '¿' character before the drop capital. I had even tried dirty hacking with \inmargin and friends, but when I use one of them \placeinitial doesn't work. I'm about to give up. However, thank you so much!
    – acidrums4
    Commented Jun 20, 2013 at 19:04
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    ... @phg might want to!
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 21:25

1 Answer 1


Your example works fine with the latest ConTeXt minimals (2013.08.09), which gives

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An alternative is to use \placeinitial.


\placeinitial{A}{\sc fter the three} \input ward

which gives

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\placeinitial is not as sophisticated as the lettrine module and does not shape the paragraph according to the shape of the letter and does not provide an easy way to place something before the initial (the Ante=... option in lettrine).

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