I have a book divided into chapters and I need to have some pages in the beginning, like a page with the title and so on.

  • Book title and author (one page)
  • Credits (after the title page)
  • Dedicatory (one page, plus blank page)
  • Author's note (one page, plus blank page)
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1 ...
  • Chapter N
  • Epilogue
  • Closing comments

I have done all the chapters as \start-stopchapter pairs, including prologue and epilogue, but I have doubts about the other pages/sections.

Title page, dedicatory and author's note... which would be the best way of doing them? With a command? An environment?

About the Prologue/Epilogue... they are defined as chapters, but I would like them to have no numbering, would it be possible?

Finally, in the Table of Contents, I would like to have all chapters, including Prologue/Epilogue, but also Author's note and Closing comments. I think that this would depend on how I typeset those sections.

Here I provide a minimal example:



% Header / Footer

% Chapters

\setuphead [chapter] [after={\blank[2*line]},before={\blank},command=\CustomChapter]

% Author's note and closing should have a blank line before title and two after
\setuphead [title] [after={\blank[2*line]},before={\blank},incrementnumber=list]


% Title page
My title page

% Author note
\starttitle[title={AUTHOR'S NOTE}]This is a note from the author.\stoptitle

% Chapters with Prologue and Epilogue
\startchapter[title={Prologue}]This is the Prologue.\stopchapter
\startchapter[title={One}]This is Chapter One.\stopchapter
\startchapter[title={Two}]This is Chapter Two\stopchapter
\startchapter[title={Epilogue}]This is the epilogue\stopchapter

% Closing Comments
\starttitle[title={CLOSING COMMENTS}]These are closing comments.\stoptitle

% Table of contents


This produces the structure I am looking for, but also reveals my problems, which are plenty, I am afraid:

  • The title page is not being included in page count
  • The command to render chapter titles seems to be used to render titles, it is ignoring my redefinition for titles.
  • I do not know how to shut off numbering for the Prologue and Epilogue, which to me are chapters, but with no numbers. Maybe there is a better way to markup them.
  • Author's note and Closing comments are not being shown in the Table of Contents.
  • Now that I look closely... I am not sure if the Chapter titles are being centered in the page, they look somewhat out of place.
  • 2
    Yes, all is possible, but it strongly depends what you have done so far -- and there's not a single line of code, so we advise anything at the moment
    – user31729
    Oct 23, 2015 at 12:22
  • Try telling us things like: what macro package you're using (TeX, LaTeX, etc.); if LaTeX, what documentclass you're using; and a more precise idea of what you're trying to do. Oct 25, 2015 at 12:33
  • I did tag the question as ConTeXt, but maybe the lowercase word 'context' is not clear enough. Would like to have an example which shows the problems I am facing, I hope to have it ready soon, with some new changes inspired bu Aditya's answer.
    – J.A. Rubio
    Oct 26, 2015 at 7:55

1 Answer 1


Here are my suggestions:

  • Book Titles: \startstandardmakeup ... \stopstandardmakeup.

  • Credit/Dedication, etc: \starttitle ... \stoptitle;

    If you want them in ToC, add \setuphead[title][incrementnumber=list]

Depending on how big the book is, and whether you need different numbering for frontmatter and bodymatter, you may also want to include all the material before Chapter 1 in \startfrontmatter ... \stopfrontmatter and the rest in \startbodymatter .. \stopbodymatter.

  • I'm working with this, although using '\startitle' and '\stoptitle' has surprised me... I have redefined the chapter head, using a command to render a custom chapter title, and the title environment seems to be using the redefined command.
    – J.A. Rubio
    Oct 26, 2015 at 7:57
  • This is because numbered and unnumbered heads at the same level are coupled. You may use \setuphead[title][command=] if you don't want this coupling.
    – Aditya
    Oct 26, 2015 at 22:14

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