[NTG-context] Several questions about format generation

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Fri Feb 18 11:05:44 CET 2005


Stefan Wachter wrote:

> in the diverse documentation about ConTeXt installation I find the 
> instruction
> 
> "texexec --make ... --language ..."
> 
> for generating format files. Several questions arise:
> 
> 1. What is the consequence of selecting specific languages after the 
> --make option? Have the generated formats the same functionality, i.e. 
> do they differ only in the user interface? In particular, do the 
> different formats have the same hyphenation capabilities?

it becomes the default

> 2. In the "How to install ConTeXt" manual I read that the "nl"-format is 
> needed for some postprocessing features built in texexec. Is this still 
> valid? The TeXLive distribution of 2004 contains only the cont-en.fmt file.

some special purpose styles run on the nl interface

> 3. Is using the --language xy option equivalent to the using the 
> \mainlanguage[xy] macro?

kind of

> 4. In case that several format files exist: which one is selected by 
> texexec?

texexec makes a guess, unless the first line says:

% interface=en

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