# [NTG-context] \halign

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Fri Feb 25 17:37:21 CET 2011

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 11:16:06AM -0500, Eythan Weg wrote:
>
> Wolfgang Schuster <schuster.wolfgang at googlemail.com>
> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:20:01 +0100
>
>    Am 24.02.2011 um 17:56 schrieb Eythan Weg:
>
>    >
>    > Hi,
>    >
>    > I have just installed beta.
>    >
>    > The line:
>    >
>    > \starttext
>    > \stoptext
>    >
>    > is not typeset and the & are left in place.  What could be the problem?
>
>    Since a while ^, _ and & can be used in text mode like any other character.
>
>    You can disable this with \donknuthmode at the begin of your document or
>    use the \aligntab where you would normally use & but the best thing is
>    to use one of contexts build in table environment.
>
>    Wolfgang
>
> Thank you.  I think that \halign, being a primitive of tex, should be
> respected.  If a user wants to use it, it should be usable
> unconditionally.

I've no idea from where you came with this impression, is is usually the
other way around; people are advised not to use low level TeX code where
context has higher level interfaces, else you are on your own and should
be aware of the implications/side effects.

I, for one, grateful that I know longer need to escape regular
characters in my documents just to keep supporting some obscure TeX
feature.

Regards,
Khaled

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