# Blanks before redefined heads not working in ConTeXt

As you can see in the following code, I am trying to put some blank space before the heads I have redefined, yet as shown by grid, no blanks are being shown.

``````\setuppapersize[A5]

\setupindenting[always,small,first]

% Chapters

% Author's note and closing should have a blank line before title and two after

\showgrid

\starttext

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

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

\completecontent[criterium=previous]

\stoptext
``````

You have typos in you code. The correct syntax is `before={\blank[...]}` (in your code the `=` is missing).

But more importantly, TeX ignores `\vskip` (which is what `\blank` is internally) at the top of the page. To get blanks at the top of the page, use `\blank[force,line]` etc. (i.e., add the keyword `force`). Here is a minimal example:

``````\setuppapersize[A5]

\setupindenting[always,small,first]

[chapter]
[
after={\blank[2*line]},
before={\blank[force,line]},
]

[title]
[
after={\blank[2*line]},
before={\blank[force,2*line]},
]

\showgrid

\starttext

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

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