[NTG-context] need help with creating a grid with context

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Wed Oct 10 21:33:25 CEST 2007

On 10/10/07, Wolfgang Schuster wrote:
> 2007/10/10, Mojca Miklavec:
> > On 10/10/07, MASON Peter J wrote:
> >
> > > Hope to create a regular (1cm spacing) grid on page, of bullets. Ultimately
> > > over the whole page.
> >
> > Why not using MetaPost?
> >
> > \starttext
> > \startMPcode % or \startMPpage
> > for i=0 upto 10:
> >   for j=0 upto 20:
> >      fill fullcircle scaled 1mm shifted ((i,j) scaled 1cm);
> >   endfor;
> > endfor;
> > \stopMPcode
> > \stoptext
> >
> > Mojca
> Because TeX is faster in this situation and it takes more time to write
> the Metapost code in external file, process this file, convert it into a PDF
> file and include it into the document etc.
> I know what I say because this was one of the reasons why the sgf module
> place the field within TeX and not with Metapost, a matter of speed and you
> can reuse the objects.

OK, that's a good point, and I fully agree with it. It's only that I
would probably use something like that for really simple, short,
one-page documents, where I would be concerned about the speed I need
to come to a solution, not with the speed of document processing -
half a second more or less.

With the route tex -> .plt file -> gnuplot -> tex (metafun) ->
metapost (-> mpto or \sometxt) -> pdf, which I frequently use, the
situation is much much worse, but it's still acceptable. ConTeXt
became at least 10 times faster during the last three or four years.
(Or at least that's my impression.)

> You should also replace the fullcircle with drawdot in your example, drawdot
> renders better on screen and looks better.

Thanks. I always use fill fullcircle for some reason. Perhaps I should
changle my habit :)


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