My understanding is that Context has a pretty diverse core base load. But I was curious if asymptote code blocks can be used in a context document?

I am used to calling packages at the beginning of a LaTex document but am unsure and have not found a good example of using either asymptote or ams math.

I am thinking the functionality of ams is included in the Context core but I cannot imagine that asymptote functionality is part of the context core.

It is my understanding that there is a TikZ module for Context. When I did the setup I included all modules. How do I verify (what command) what modules have been loaded as part of the Context setup?

  • »How do I verify (what command) what modules have been loaded as part of the Context setup?« I don't understand this part of the question. Could you please elaborate? May 8, 2017 at 1:45

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How to use Asymptote was demonstrated by Aditya on the mailing list.


     filter={asy -tex "context" -outformat pdf
             -outname \externalfilteroutputfile},


   Testing if we can include an asymptote image
   \startplacefigure[location={here}, title={An Asymptote figure}]
       draw((-.1,0) -- (2,0), arrow=Arrow(TeXHead));
       draw((0,-.1) -- (0,2), arrow=Arrow(TeXHead));
       draw((0,0) .. (1,1) .. (2,sqrt(2)));


The TikZ manual describes the usage for all three common formats, LaTeX, Plain TeX, and ConTeXt. Be aware that TikZ uses a different colour model than ConTeXt which can lead to strange interactions, see for example this post on the mailing list.

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There is no amsmath for ConTeXt. However, the ConTeXt core implements most of the major functionality for which you would use amsmath in LaTeX.

There is a great article by Aditya in the MAPS journal on how to emulate certain popular AMSmath constructs in ConTeXt.

Display Math in ConTEXt

ConTEXt rehab for amsmath addicts


  • Henri how is filter={asy -tex "context" -outformat pdf providing an asymptote process link into the document? Is it because as long as I have the asymptote binary in the computer path this will give context the link it needs to use the asymptote processing functionality?
    – Tim C.
    May 8, 2017 at 14:21
  • @TimC: see the documentation of the filter module. Behind the scenes, the filter module writes the file to disk, runs the filtercommand on the file and then reads the output.
    – Aditya
    May 8, 2017 at 16:26

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