Is there any tufte-style formatting in ConTeXt as a module? I have seen references to \usemodule[tufte] in some documents but I can't find how to use this module in ConTeXt garden site. I'm using quarto to generate TeX output from markdown file, using context as engine, and I compile .text with context in Windows.

  • You can get most(all?) of it with some rather simple setups. I have not seen them collected anywhere, but is there something in particular that you cannot achieve.
    – mickep
    Commented Dec 4, 2022 at 13:19
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    I am a new user of ConTeXt, I have used LaTeX for some time, getting the formatting options was easy, and when in doubt, you can get advice from many sources. I just can't get any about how to format in ConTeXt. I guess you have to craft it all step by step... Having a template or basic document with example would be of significant help, same as you can find on the web for LaTeX
    – Juan Riera
    Commented Dec 4, 2022 at 14:30

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The only thing I found is https://wiki.contextgarden.net/Sidenotes_style with a github page https://github.com/andythomas/TeX-sidenotes. I tried to use it and got confused because of my ignorance of ConTeXt.

I'm learning ConTeXt and looking for tufte-style formatting too. I ask questions here and get helpful answers, for example: ConTeXt: Need help understanding \setupbackgrounds when layer is postponed. In my layout, the margin column is on the left of a page.

  • Thanks for help, Stanley. The code in GitHub is 10 years old! I find quite surprising there's nothing newer... I will try it anyway. There is a ConTeXt guide I'm sure you know, it's the only clear guide I have found.
    – Juan Riera
    Commented Dec 4, 2022 at 22:43
  • Yes, and there are some guides that are not clear, to me now.
    – Stanley
    Commented Dec 4, 2022 at 22:48

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