[NTG-context] new debian context 2006.12.21-0.1

Sanjoy Mahajan sanjoy at mrao.cam.ac.uk
Sun Dec 24 00:21:30 CET 2006

Idris (and all),

Thanks, that's a very helpful contrast between LaTeX and ConTeXt.  So
how about:


ConTeXt is a document-production system based, like LaTeX, on the TeX
typesetting system.  Whereas LaTeX insulates the writer from
typographical details, ConTeXt takes a complementary approach by
providing structured interfaces for handling typography, including
extensive support for colors, backgrounds, hyperlinks, presentations,
figure-text integration, and conditional compilation.  It gives the
user extensive control over formatting while making it easy to create
new layouts and styles without learning the TeX macro language.
ConTeXt's unified design averts the package clashes that can happen
with LaTeX.

ConTeXt also integrates MetaFun, a superset of MetaPost and a powerful
system for vector graphics.  MetaFun can be used as a stand-alone
system to produce figures, but its strength lies in enhancing ConTeXt
documents with accurate graphic elements.

ConTeXt allows the users to use formatting commands in English, Dutch,
German, French, or Italian, and to use different typesetting engines
(PDFTeX, XeTeX, Aleph, and soon LuaTeX) without changing the user
interface.  ConText is developed rapidly, has a friendly user
community, and illustrates the free-software philosophy of "release
often", sometimes twice a day!


`Not all who wander are lost.' (J.R.R. Tolkien)

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