Is it possible to define a macro in ConTeXt which gobbles space after the argument? For example, given this input:





This produces the following output:

thinghello thingworld

But, ideally, I'd like it to run together, like this:


I realise I can use \thing[hello]%, but just wondering whether there's something easy I may have missed here. These \thing commands are currently being generated by a script. I could configure the script to output the %, but the TeX file is likely to be tweaked by hand afterwards, where it's possible the % may end up missing, and then the space appears again, so I'd like to try and reduce this possible human error and keep the TeX file looking tidy.

  • Plain TeX and LaTeX have \ignorespaces, so probably context has too.
    – campa
    Feb 18, 2021 at 12:26
  • It worked! Please post it as an answer.
    – dreamlax
    Feb 18, 2021 at 12:31
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    Erm, it was a guess, I don't even know how to run context, so no, I won't post an answer. Feel free to post it yourself.
    – campa
    Feb 18, 2021 at 12:32
  • Suit yourself :)
    – dreamlax
    Feb 18, 2021 at 13:08
  • @campa As easy as context <jobname>
    – user226564
    Feb 18, 2021 at 13:51

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There may be a better way to do this in ConTeXt, but the spurious space was removed after placing \ignorespaces as the end of the macro definition:

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    \ignorespaces is the canonical way to do this in ConTeXt.
    – Aditya
    Mar 4, 2021 at 1:11

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