I am trying to use the ConTeXt command \inframed to add a border to arbitrary text within a line/paragraph. MWE to show problem:

a \inframed{b} c
\inframed{d} e

Expected output: "d" and "e" appear on same line, as with "a", "b", and "c".

Actual output: line break after "d".

Sample output

Is this supposed to happen, and in either case, what can be done to prevent it? The ConTeXt Wiki pages on the "(in)framed" command and a Google search yielded no leads.


This behaviour has nothing to do with ConTeXt actually, but a is a consequence of the fact that a box cannot start a paragraph. There are several possibilities to force a paragraph. Some suggestions are also given in the Garden.

  1. Don’t start the paragraph with a box.

    a \inframed{b} c

    enter image description here

  2. Force TeX to switch to horizontal mode. This can be done by either \dontleavehmode or \leavevmode. Recommended is \dontleavehmode because it does not check for vmode before doing the switch and has therefore slightly better performance.

    \dontleavehmode\inframed{b} c

    enter image description here

  3. Explicitly place the indentation box.

    \indent\inframed{b} c

    enter image description here

I’m sure there are more methods but these are the ones which came to my mind immediately.

After reading your comment I thought that you be interested in this:



Hello World!
This is a very long sentence spanning several lines to show off that
\type{textbackground} can span accross lines.
\stoptextbackground\ % <- We need this to avoid skipping spaces
Goodbye World!


enter image description here

  • Okay. Really, what I want is to be able to use the same command anywhere within a paragraph to add a border to a short string of text. (Will update the question.) So would custom command with \inframed preceded by \dontleavehmode as in #2 always work? – Kenneth Hanson Feb 28 '17 at 13:45
  • Also, I wonder if it might be good to include @MarcoDaniel's reference, or at least mention "vertical mode" explicitly, because this completely unobvious to those (like me) who don't know plain TeX. – Kenneth Hanson Feb 28 '17 at 13:55
  • @KennethHanson As for a reference, this has already been discussed on TeX.SX: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/22852/… and tex.stackexchange.com/questions/118164/… – Henri Menke Feb 28 '17 at 14:06
  • Thanks. This \definetextbackground doesn't appear in the manual and is hardly mentioned anywhere, but looks promising. – Kenneth Hanson Mar 2 '17 at 10:46
  • 1
    @KennethHanson wiki.contextgarden.net/TextBackground – Henri Menke Mar 2 '17 at 12:43

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