I ran out of ways to introduce a simple horizontal dashed line with scissors at its beginning to indicate the cut line of the paper. I am a bit new to ConTeXt wonderful land. I came across this page in the ConTeXt wiki but couldn't make it. However, I found the symbols that I am after in the martinvogel 2 collection as shown here, namely the Cutright, Kutline. There I am seeing a warning that some symbols are outdated by now, I hope I can still have the cutline with the scissors though. Tomorrow is my deadline to submit the document. I did 99% of it and this is the last remaining detail to do.

I could show the zodiac set by putting \showsymbolset[zodiac] in the preamble, but \showsymbolset[mvs] did not show anything.

Your help would be very much appreciated.


\setuppapersize [A4]


\setupsymbolset[martinvogel 2]


{\sc SOME TEXT.}


\symbol[Kutline]                %Cutline, Cutright, 

{\sc SOME TEXT.}
{\sc Secret No.}


%%% Local Variables:
%%% mode: context
%%% TeX-master: t
%%% TeX-engine: luatex
%%% End:

You can use the filler mechanism (a wrapper for \leaders command in TeX) which repeats a symbol until the end of the line is reached.


  [  left={\symbol[martinvogel 2][CutLeft]},
    right={\symbol[martinvogel 2][CutRight]},
   symbol={\symbol[martinvogel 2][CutLine]},


\input jojomayer



Scissors line to cut the paper

  • Thank you for introducing me to the \filler mechanism, day saved!
    – doctorate
    Jan 25 '18 at 2:07
  • can I control the thickness of the filler? by font size or is there another trick? I used {\switchtobodyfont [25pt] \filler[Cutline]}.
    – doctorate
    Jan 25 '18 at 2:09
  • @doctorate The thickness of the dashed line and the size of the scissors depend on the font size and \switchtobodyfont is one way to change it. Jan 25 '18 at 3:41

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