[NTG-context] A question about data types?

Stefan Müller warrence.stm at gmx.de
Wed Mar 2 12:37:38 CET 2011


On 02.03.2011 12:25, Ian Lawrence wrote:
> Sorry. me again...and I have been all over the wiki, mailing lists and
> manuals...
> I have this:
> \setlayer[progresssteps]% name of the layer
> [hoffset=904 px, voffset= 28\nuggetnumber px]  % placement (from upper
> left corner of the layer)
> {\stepstack}  % the actual contents of the layer
> And I am hoping that as I increase nuggetnumber the voffset of the layer
> will be 28*nuggetnumber
> I am setting nuggetnumber like this for the moment:
> \def \nuggetnumber{3}
> (in the other dev document it is the result of counter, so set dynamically)
> and this in the text
> \nuggetnumber
> which compiles to '3', so I assume the assignment is good to go.
> varying both nuggetnumber and the scale factor (28) shift the layer up
> and down, but not in a way that suggests that 28\nuggetnumber is being
> evaluated as a product (so a scale factor of 7 and a nuggetnumber of 2
> do not give the same output as a scale factor of 2 and a nuggetnumber of 7).

If you expect a product you should tell ConTeXt you want a product. You 
don't do that with "28\nuggetnumber px".

Check out http://wiki.contextgarden.net/Expressions

I think "\dimexpr\nuggetnumber*28px\relax" should get you there, but I'm 
not sure (untested).


> So I am led to think that there is something in the evaluating that is
> going wrong - data types / units? (if I hard code in the results I am
> expecting, say 28 px, 56 px or 84 px then I get exactly what I want...
> Thanks, as ever
> (Same result in ConTEXt ii or iv)
> Ian
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