I'm using \scale to scale up a headline to the width of the entire paragraph, like so:


\subject{Call me Ishmael.}

Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in
my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I 
would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a 
way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation.

My problem is that I would like the period at the end of the first line to hang, the same way I would get in the text body with protrusion=quality.

Thank you.

  • If you are scaling the headline -- including the period at the of it -- to \textwidth it will always fit and never protrude.
    – DG'
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 15:17
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    And Hans apparently told you so already: mail-archive.com/ntg-context%40ntg.nl/msg80133.html
    – DG'
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 15:30
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    My apologies. I got impatient. I posted Hans' answer below. Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 21:35

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I posted the same question on the ConTeXt mailing list and got an answer from Hans Hagen:

that would only work if you typeset with a \hsize that is exactly the length of the title which in turn means that you have to adapt the font size and even then tex will probably squeeze the spacing first

so the best is:

\subject{Call me Ishmael\rlap{.}}

It isn't as pretty as the quality protrusion mechanism, but it works. Thanks, Hans!

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