[NTG-context] full page images on fixed pages

Philipp Gesang gesang at stud.uni-heidelberg.de
Sat May 19 23:06:43 CEST 2012

On 2012-05-19 20:38, Henning Hraban Ramm wrote:
> Am 2012-05-17 um 13:49 schrieb Philipp Gesang:
> >>In my current book project, I need to set images on fixed pages
> >>(because only a few pages get printed in color),
> >
> >I assume with “fixed pages” you mean “always on the page with a
> >certain number”. This, at least, might be solved with the
> >postponing mechanism:
> >
> >········································································
> >\starttext
> >
> >\startpostponing [3]
> > \startstandardmakeup
> >   \externalfigure [cow] [width=\hsize]
> > \stopstandardmakeup
> >\stoppostponing
> >
> >\dorecurse{42}{\input knuth \par}
> >
> >\stoptext
> >········································································
> Thank you, that works, but the publisher decided to use glue binding
> to be able to put colored pages everywhere...

Sounds like they are meaning it ...
> Can you explain, what standardmakeup really does? I know it’s used
> in "free layout" pages.

In its natural state (like \startmakeup without arguments), the
makeup 1. nil’s headers and footers, 2. zeroes whitespace
settings (\forgetall), (2.a. disables overfull box warnings,) and
3.  sets the text area to the current dimensions \textheight by
\textwidth. The output looks like most layout elements.

However, the personalized makeup environments as defined by
\definemakeup are much more complex. They basically allow to
insert parameterized layout and pagestyle exceptions without
affecting the layout of the surrounding pages. Implicitly, with
the makeup definition, a page layout is created as well, so the
options of \setuplayout work as well. This may be the key to the
solution to your full page issue. The *standardmakeup*
environment belongs to this second group, it is initialized as


If you want to go hack on makeups, you might want to use the
“setups” key to add your code.  Of course, for the complete story
you’ll need to look up the definition of \page_makeup_start_yes.
(There’s some very basic info in “Layouts in Context”, pp. 49f,

Best regards

> >Not sure about your full page problem, though.
> I'll open another thread on that.
> Greetlings, Hraban
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