[NTG-context] Some questions on float combinations

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Mon Jan 6 11:43:51 CET 2014

On 1/3/2014 8:17 PM, Alexey Kryukov wrote:
> Hi all,
> recently I finished typesetting a block of inset illustrations for a
> journal on history, which I first implemented in LaTeX and then moved
> to ConTeXt (I am using a version from TeXLive 2013 packaged with
> openSUSE 13.1). Basically I am greatly satisfied with the result, as the
> code looks much clearer now. However, I still see some things
> which can be done in LaTeX by a more natural way.
> First of all, is there a dedicated method to rotate an entire
> combination or floatcombination by 90 degrees? I see floats have a
> special option to control this, but float combinations don't (am I
> right here?). And if I enclose a float combination into a \rotate
> command, then the height of the rotated block seems to be incorrectly
> calculated, so that about a half of the block goes outside of the upper
> page boundary.
> Second, not all image combinations can be described by a simple matrix,
> and the documentation doesn't explain what to do in such more complex
> cases (nor the Wiki does). For example, in my document some pages have
> three images ordered in two columns: one relatively tall image
> side-by-side with two smaller ones. To make the things worse such
> combinations are usually placed on landscape pages. The obvious solution
> here seems to be to somewhow group two smaller images and then put them
> into a float combination. Unfortunately, this doesn't work, as
> floatcombination seems to ignore all enclosed boxing
> commands/environments and even nested float combinations.
> Finally I managed to achieve the desired layout by defining a set of
> parallel paragraphs, which fortunately worked even inside a \rotate
> command (columns and columnsets with embedded floats didn't). Still it
> would be nice to have a special interface allowing to combine floats
> and float combinations into larger blocks.

It all depends on it being floats or not (floatign indeed). One option 
is to package a set of floats in a bTABLE .. eTABLE and put a..z 
subcaptions under it that way and then have the whole as a float

anyway ... you have more chance onan answer if you provide small examples


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