[NTG-context] migrating to ConTeXt

Gour ggdasa at gmail.com
Sat Dec 22 11:01:22 CET 2007

On Sat, 22 Dec 2007 10:13:31 +0100
"luigi scarso" <luigi.scarso at gmail.com> wrote:

> hmm...boh.


> It depends:
> I prefear one email for each question plus an example to test;

OK. Will remember for the future...

> but maybe your questions are easy, so it's better one email .
> (BTW, it's not easy to say which questions are trivials )

My writing needs are from short & simple docs (1--few pages long) over preparing
educational presentations (with handouts) illustrated with graphics (both images & SVG) for
seminars (beamer-like) to be used with video-projector in classroom-like environments upt to
the  full size books by using Croatian & English languages and Sanskrit diacritics (not Devanagari
at the moment :-)

So I'm interested whether:

1) ConTeXt can support all the above requirements?

(In the past there were issues with some Croatian chars - iirc - đ & Đ and some utf-8 problems in

2) If I start with XeTeX engine, will those documents will be compatible with Mark IV?

3) can one run luaTeX on x86_64 (I use Arch Linux & texlive) ?

4) how good is ConTeXt support in AUCTeX and what is the prospect to get preview-ConTeXt?

5) I read LaTeX in proper ConTeXt pdf, but I'm interested is there some helper to convert classical
LaTeX book (book class) to ConTeXt? I've two books which I'm considering to publish as one (~1000p)
in the future, so any help in conversion would be nice.

6) the most important issue - by looking at luaTeX docs & archives I
noticed that it was mentioned there is some book on ConTeXt in
preparation - I gave up on ConTeXt in the past due to this reason -
lack of up-to-date documentation - didn't have enough time to try to
sovle the puzzle by inspecting different 'magazines' etc. cause I was
able to do the kob with LaTeX for which I've documentation in the form
of paper books. I have high appreciation for the ConTeXt package, as
well as the present luaTeX development, but before diving into
adventure of learning the (new) macro package (as investment for the
future), I'm curious to know what is the present situation with the
docs and/or if one can expect to buy some dead-tree version of it in
the not-so-distant future?

I hope the above questions are not too difficult so they justify putting them in a single email.


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