# [NTG-context] columns in framedtext

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Tue Feb 21 00:21:16 CET 2006

Hans van der Meer wrote:
> I have been experimenting with columnsets too.
> There I encounter the problem that I cannot set the distance between
> the columns at will.
>
hm, one can set the distance for each column (isn't that in the
columns.pdf manual?)

> Neither lt columnsets force themselves into the frame.
> \starttextbackground doesn't help here, at most I get frames around
> the separate columns, not the thing that is wanted.
>
so what exactly is it that you want? you can have background behind columns
> The bad thing is, that LateX multicols inside a parbox does what is
> wanted.
> It would be too bad if such behaviour could not be duplicated in
> ConTeXt!
>
column sas part of the text flow and columns inside a box are really differen things; one involves the otr, the other is a 'local vsplit'; the normal multi column handler can be used intermixed with one column mode and (unless one messes around with interline spacing because that will confuse vsplit) this should work well;

the simple columns mechanism is just an enhanced vsplit;

my guess is that multicols uses a different routine for both cases as well (at least at the flushing level)

Hans

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