[NTG-context] What do you miss in ConTeXt?

John Haltiwanger john.haltiwanger at gmail.com
Tue Feb 9 10:15:23 CET 2010

On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 9:32 AM, Alan BRASLAU <alan.braslau at cea.fr> wrote:

> On Tuesday 09 February 2010 03:50:27 Curiouslearn wrote:
> >
> > I hope (and this perhaps has nothing to do with the brilliant Context
> > development team) is that journals start accepting Context files.
> > While I use context for my personal and class notes, for articles I am
> > still forced to go to latex because journals do not accept context
> > files.
> >
> In fact, not many journals even accept LaTeX: I sometimes have to submit
> so-called ".txt" files!
> As Otared Kavian pointed out, the mathematics journals are a bit more
> advanced (as are the purely physics journals), and LaTeX is even a
> standard. Unfortunately, arXiv.org (still) has problems with ConTeXt,
> as the submitted source is detected as TeX but the compilation fails.
> One is thus obligated to translate to LaTeX:
>  "Your (La)TeX, AMS(La)TeX, or PDFLaTeX submission will be processed
> automatically by our AutoTeX software."
> Now, if only my administration and funding agencies would stop sending
> MS-Word files...
> Alan
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Perhaps not an appropriate solution in all cases, but the application Pandoc
is able to generate standalone LaTeX files. One has to use something other
than ConTeXt as an input language (it can translate LaTeX input but so far
no ConTeXt; I use Markdown but reStructuredText and HTML are also available.
The standalone LaTeX files generated (meaning they include the header setup)
compile fine, at least the ones I've tested (ConTeXt standalone seems to
require Mk.II).

I must say I'm very impressed with this software. It turned all of my ""s
into \quotation{}, for instance, and it knows to do {\it italics} rather
than \it{italics}. One could also generate a Word document (via
OpenOffice.org ODT format output). Not to mention HTML.
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