[NTG-context] debian context updates

Sanjoy Mahajan sanjoy at mrao.cam.ac.uk
Thu Dec 28 20:28:42 CET 2006


Here's the latest description, for the debian/control file (sorry I
should have explicitly CC'ed you on the list emails revising it):

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 specify 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, often in response to
requests from the friendly user community.

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