[NTG-context] two questions on ConTeXt terminology

Pablo Rodriguez oinos at gmx.es
Tue Feb 4 20:19:45 CET 2014

Hi Keith,

many thanks for your explanation.

Now I understand why start/stop in ConTeXt and begin/end in LaTeXt may
be different.

The audience I intend to address is people that can use a word
processor. The less technical the details are, the easier would be the
explanation to be understood.

Many thanks again for your help,


On 02/04/2014 10:01 AM, Keith J. Schultz wrote:
> Hi Pablo,
> Like I mentioned it depends of the paradigm one uses or to be more 
> expressive: the meta level of discussion.
> To All: please excuse the use of buzz words in the following.
> The start/stop mechanism has a different semio-syntactic usage depending
> on the
> context (not ConTeXt) it is used in.
> It can be used for :
> 1) do command 
> 2) usage of format or element
> 3) set a variable as in start/stopbuffer
>  This different semantic usage is somewhat unfortunate, but has the
> advantage of keeping
> the instruction set(syntax) of ConTeXt simple!
> The best nomenclature would be entity, but that is not easy to
> understand for the average joe and jane.
> On the other side the start/stop mechanism can be seen, in terms of OO,
> a method that is applied to a object
> that is passed to. This method is dynamic in that it calls other methods
> depending of the type of object passed.
> So we are in the middle of the dynamic OO-programming.
> If you wish it is a method that is overloaded.
> Note to Hans, Wolfgang, et al: I realize that it is not implemented as
> above, but it does reflect the basic concept,
>                                                       to my knowledge
> and its usage in ConTeXt. 
> Start/stop is a mechanism that is applied to an element, object, entity.
> Depending on the Enity used with it the semantics
> of the mechanism is different.
> So it boils down to the fact what kind of audience you are addressing
> and what level of knowledge  you expect them to have!
> If you care to discuss this topic more in depth we can go off list.
> regards
> Keith


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