I have a hankering to try ConTeXt again.

I am normally a MikTeX user -- its on all my computers, except the linux ones (which generally use whatever is the the package manager).

Last time I used ConTeXt, I had to install a stand-alone, and had to do a bunch of shenanigans to get it working with the PATH.

I see these days ConTeXt is included in TeX Live, and TeX Live is available for windows.

Does ConTeXt with TeX Live "just work"?

  • It works but it's always behind the stand-alone 'minimals' distribution: depends on what you need – Joseph Wright Mar 18 '16 at 14:57
  • For messing around and learning, and not having to deal with the manual being for not my version. – Lyndon White Mar 18 '16 at 14:59
  • Do you want to use MkIV or MkII? – Joseph Wright Mar 18 '16 at 15:03
  • presumably MkIV, since it by definition must be better? why make MkIV if MkII was fine? (Possibly another question) – Lyndon White Mar 18 '16 at 15:05
  • FYI: ConTeXt standalone just works under Windows. Just copy context to any location (without spaces in the path) or let the batch file do it for you, using rsync. After that just call context.exe. If you want, you can put the binary path into the PATH-variable to access context from anywhere. – user18557 Mar 18 '16 at 15:27

The version of ConTeXt in TeX Live 'just works' on Windows provided we are talking about the LuaTeX-based MkIV code. ConTeXt MkII needs a Ruby interpreter to run the wrapper script, and Windows systems do not typically have one installed. In contrast, MkIV only needs LuaTeX (the scripting part is written in Lua), so doesn't require any additions.

Note that ConTeXt in TeX Live is almost always behind that in the stand-alone ConTeXt distribution.

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