# [NTG-context] In-text itemizations break spacing

Philipp A. flying-sheep at web.de
Tue Jan 4 21:33:36 CET 2011

```2011/1/4 Wolfgang Schuster <schuster.wolfgang at googlemail.com>

> Am 04.01.2011 um 18:51 schrieb Philipp A.:
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> 2011/1/4 Wolfgang Schuster <schuster.wolfgang at googlemail.com>
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>> Make a example next time!
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>> [Example]
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>> Wolfgang
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> so [textdistance=medium] is the solution, thanks!
>
> nevertheless, i couldn’t find documentation about “textdistance”,
>
> The option was added last march and it’s now up to you to document it.
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> The values for the key are
>
> none   : no distance between items
> small  : half the value of a normal space, can be stretched by half of a em
> medium : normal space distance, can be stretched by 1em
> big    : 1em, can be stretched or shrinked by a space width
> <skip> : e.g. 3pt plus 2pt minus 1pt
>

been there <http://wiki.contextgarden.net/Reference/en/setupitemgroup>, done
that <http://wiki.contextgarden.net/Reference/en/keyword:textdistance>.

> and i don’t think it to be very intuitive, that this changes the space to
> be more flexible.
>
> sorry but i forgot why we used these values, maybe a smaller stretch value
> for small and medium make sense
>

i don’t think so (or at least not much less), and i meant sth. different:
“textdistance=medium” does not mean “greater flexibility”, it does mean “no
change in flexibility, just in distance”. using medium as standard value
would be ok, though, because you get the flexible (=mostly better) behavior
as standard, and the rigid as option.

> would you mind telling me why this is the case, and why this isn’t standard
> behavior?
>
> backward compatibility, i would also prefer “medium” as default value
>

can’t we just screw backward compatibility at all costs here? i mean:
“medium” won’t make it worse in most cases, just better! (the maximum space
is 1em+1sp, so we probably will never get different hyphenation, but almost
always less overfull \hboxes)

also, \setbreakpoints[compound] should be standard in my opinion.

Wolfgang
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