I am trying to introduce a linebreak after the caption label so that the caption starts below the caption label in context. However, the suffix key for the \captionsetup only accepts text like : or --. I would like something like this:

Caption label above the caption.




\placefigure{A cow is a cow is a cow.}{\externalfigure[cow]}
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    You can set \setupcaption[figure][distance=\textwidth].
    – Marco
    Commented Jan 13, 2013 at 10:28
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    @Marco Thanks. I see the option on the contextgarden page for captionsetup but didn't see any description. Neither does contextref.pdf that comes with texlive2012 has any info. Where did you find this? Also, if you could write this as an answer with the explanation about how this works, that would be great.
    – devendra
    Commented Jan 13, 2013 at 12:10
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    Using distance=\textwidth is an ugly hack. The right way to do this is to use spaceinbetween=none, or, if you want a different space spaceinbetween=small|medium|big|<dimen>, etc.
    – Aditya
    Commented Jan 13, 2013 at 19:11

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The distance key specifies the space between the suffix and the actual caption text. I actually looked into the source to find out the possible options. The manual and wiki are both helpful and mostly provide detailed explanations, but are often incomplete. The sources are – by definition – complete and up-to-date.

In strc-flt.mkvi you find that the default value for distance is 1em:


Further down this value is assigned to \scratchskip. Now you know that distance is a glue value with the default size of 1em and no stretch or shrink which is being inserted between the suffix and the caption text. If this value is increased beyond the size of the surrounding box (the actual value does not matter) ConTeXt places the content on the next line.

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