I am trying to use ConTeXt modes to prepare some text on two displays: screen and print.

\definefontfamily[biolinum][sans][Linux Biolinum O]



Here's my first presentation in \CONTEXT!


When I compile my MWE, I have an unwanted output [screen].

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I read carefully ConTeXt reference manual and search the web, but cannot figure why is my output wrong. I tried to introduce several times \enablemode[screen] but it didn't change the output at all. I'm pretty sure I didn't understand something when reading the man and the wiki.

  • I am not sure which wiki page were you reading, but this is explained in detail on the page on modes
    – Aditya
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 17:23
  • Oh, I read several of them (modes, presentation, handout and so on), but those stop errors were too obvious to be noticed. Shame on me.
    – sztruks
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 19:01

1 Answer 1


The two environments to include and exclude commands with modes have the form




where only the start-command takes a argument with the name of the mode but not the stop-command.

  • Indeed, the same is true of all (?) ConTeXt's start-stop commands: the start might (often does) accept some options, but the stop doesn't. It's a bit like XML tags in that way.
    – 9tTn9B
    Commented Sep 10, 2017 at 16:46

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