[NTG-context] sometxt vs textext behaving different

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Tue Jul 18 18:48:01 CEST 2006

On 7/16/06, Hans van der Meer wrote:
> Thus while textext delivers a picture sometxt does not. This seems strange,
> because I understood that sometxt was meant as a dropin replacement for
> textext (except for MP loops, as Hans Hagen mentioned in a previous email).
> Is this correct or do I have to make more changes to switch over from
> textext to sometxt?

I don't know if sometxt is meant to be used as a metapost command. I use it as

\def\nicecommand#1{nice \quotation{#1}}

draw \sometxt{abc \color[red]{def} $\sqrt{x}$ and quote: " \nicecommand{text}};

textext had to write the text in a separate file, run its own instance
of ConTeXt and include that one into metapost and consequently into
the original document. It meant:
- being slow
- \def's don't work
- you have to specify everything in MPenvironment since those labels
don't see your earlier definitions in the document

But with \sometxt you can't use mp variables. To some extent you can
so something. See

Citing myself (from discussion about gnuplot):

I love the new Hans's \sometxt feature, because:
- it uses the same font as in the document without the need to specify
the font separately in MP environment
- no need for uncomfortable way of specifying the definitions/style in
gnuplot-locals.tex (simply all the definitions from the document work,
even \section-s)
- no need for 'verbatimtex ... etex' or for '\def-s' inside metapost
or inside MP environment (which didn't work)
- external figures can be used for points (YUPI :) !!!
- no problems with math and double quotes: I wasn't able to insert
double quotes with textext, now it's trivial
- text is still part of the graphic: can easily be positioned,
colored, shrinked & stretched, ... if I would have to separate it
(according to my first idea), I couldn't use metapost to control the
color, size, ... but I would have to remember the color for each label
separately and the outcome would be different (now I can still place
graphic over text)
- extremely fast
- extremely efficient
- extremely elegant to write

Hope that it can clarify you at least some things,

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