[NTG-context] how to include sans, bold and size in \setuptab[headstyle=???]

Lars Huttar lars_huttar at sil.org
Mon Nov 11 18:00:37 CET 2013

Hello, I have the following MWE:


\tab{foo} \input knuth \par


Here, the headstyle specifies a sans font with boldface style, at 1.44
times the current bodyfont size.

However, I want to be able to specify an absolute point size, instead of
a relative size.

I tried variations like


but that has no effect: the size remains 12pt, or whatever the default is.

If I use

then the size takes effect (for the key only, which is what I want).
I can combine that with sans:
  \setuptab[headstyle={\switchtobodyfont[ss, 18pt]}]

and that works.

But how to mix in boldface?
  \setuptab[headstyle={\switchtobodyfont[ssbf, 18pt]}]

doesn't give sans boldface, but reverts to a serif, non-bold style (at
18pt size).

  \setuptab[headstyle={\switchtobodyfont[ss, bf, 18pt]}]

gives the same results.

I finally tried

  \setuptab[headstyle={\ssbf \switchtobodyfont[18pt]}]

and that works! But it seems clunky: it looks like it requires two font
switches, which I'm told makes things slower.

And I can't help wondering if I'm missing some simpler way.
Is there a more efficient or elegant way to do this?


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