# [NTG-context] Multiple pleas for help (long)

Tue Apr 27 09:47:27 CEST 2010

Am 27.04.10 00:44, schrieb Scott Steele:
> Hullo, all. I've been trying for 3 months now to get my last 2 years'
> worth of journal entries satisfactorily typeset for printing on
> lulu.com <http://lulu.com>. This is my first major project using
> Context (with the Xetex engine—the current procedures required by
> Pdftex to set up and manage fonts are too intimidating for me (I {\em
> did} try it.)) as I'm no longer in school and had typeset the
> preceding year's worth of entries in Latex. I started to use (xe)Latex
> again this time but gave up in frustration with all of the predefined
> formatting, which I've moved away from as I've read more of Robert
> Bringhurst.
>
> Anyway, I have a number of problems.
>
> I apologize for putting them all into one message and for failing to
> find solutions elsewhere on the site. I've looked around a great deal,
> but am hampered in doing so by my limiting of my internet time with an
> {\sc ems} PowerCop (otherwise, I'd be on Wikipedia until they decided
> to lock me away). (I do my writing, editing, and typesetting on a
> little internet-crippled netbook with CrunchBang and Vim.)
>
> I'll include my current preämble information at the end of this
> message in case it is useful in addressing any of my issues. If
> not, I'd greatly appreciate any help.
>
> I've found solutions to a number of previous problems, but here are
> all that I believe are in the way of my finishing this project:
>
> 1
> How do I make bulleted lists not have lines between items in the list?
\startitemize[packed]
>
> 2
> Is it possible to push the bullets for bulleted lists into the margin
> (and then have the text of each item start at the same level of
> indentation as normal text)? Also, given my target printing medium,
> this would require alteration of the space between the bullet mark and
> its text—how do I alter this and the glyph used as the bullet mark?
\startitemize[margin]
> 3
> Is it possible to alter the way footnotes are displayed? I might want
> to have new footnotes follow previous ones with a 3-em space rather
> than starting a new line in the footer. And if I go that route, I'd
> need a way to pull the footer number in from the margin.
>
> 4
> How can I adjust the formatting settings for the frontmatter (title
> In general, I need to be able to set whether page numbers are used and
> what kind and positioning of the text on the page. In particular, how
> what glyph/spacing go between the item's title and corresponding page
> number as well as how all of those elements are positioned)?
Look for \setuplist[...] in the wiki and manuals.
> 5
> How can I have either unnumbered sections, or subjects that appear in
> 6
> Does Xetex or Context have a facility for positioning accents over
> letters when those particular combinations are not in the font? (Or
> should I just go ahead and do this manually in Fontforge?)
>
> 7
> Is there a built-in equivalent of the \fancybreak function from Latex?
> I think I know now how to put something like it together manually but
> don't want go the amateur route if there's something more polished
> available.
What is \fanybreak supposed to do?
> 8
> Since this is just a journal, I have used simple emoticons (don't
> laugh!). I tweaked a vector smiley from Wikimedia to get a frowny and
> slashy, and they work well except for when they end up on the first
> (printed) text line of a page. I have one page that has a subject
> title on the grid but that is followed by a (logical) line with a
> smiley that ends up on its first printed line. This printed line and
> all of the rest of the text on the page (including another subject
> title) sit several points (approx) lower than where they should (so
> that the grid lines bisect the bowls of all the lower-case a's). There
> is another page that does not start with a subject title but directly
> with a printed line containing an emoticon, and it has exactly the
> same problem as the first page, with the text sitting just low enough
> that the grid lines bisect the bowls of the lower-case a's. Pages with
> emoticons on them do not exhibit this problem when the emoticon is not
> on the first printed line, and all lines remain correctly positioned
> on the grid. You can see below how I'm putting in the emoticons.
You can write '\dontleavehmode\Frowny' or you include \dontleavehmode in
the defintion itself

\def\Frowny{\dontleavehmode\externalfigure[frowny]}

Wolfgang

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