# [NTG-context] Trouble with columns

Wed Mar 30 22:19:47 CEST 2011

Am 30.03.2011 um 14:49 schrieb Alasdair McAndrew:

> I was setting up a test for my students, consisting of one page (A4 landscape), three columns.  Each column consisted of a question, below which there was an empty frame in which to write the answer.  The layout then was something like
> --
> \startcolumns[n=3]
> \startitemize[n]
> \item First question
>
> \framed[height=10cm width=\textwidth]{}
>
> \column
>
> \item Second question
>
> \framed[height=10cm width=\textwidth]{}
>
> \column
>
> \item Third question
>
> \framed[height=10cm width=\textwidth]{}
>
> \stopitemize
> \stopcolumns
> --
>
> All well and good - except!  the second "\column" command pushed the third column onto a second page.  However without that "\column", no matter what parameters I gave the page layout, the third question text would appear at the bottom of the second column.  I ended up getting around this by putting a "\vskip3cm" in place of the second "\column".  This worked, but seems like an ugly workaround.

Use the “columns” option for itemize or write the question with the paragraphs (\defineparagraphs, it’s described in the big manual) environment.

\starttext

\startitemize[n,columns,three]

\item First question

\framed[height=10cm,width=\textwidth]{}

\item Second question

\framed[height=10cm,width=\textwidth]{}

\item Third question

\framed[height=10cm,width=\textwidth]{}

\stopitemize

\stoptext

Wolfgang