[NTG-context] setup different layouts in merged documents

Pablo Rodriguez oinos at gmx.es
Tue Feb 17 20:49:36 CET 2015

Dear list,

I have the following sample:

\setuplayout[margin=20mm, width=fit, topspace=45mm,
\definelayout[first][margin=20mm, width=fit, topspace=110mm,
bottomspace=20mm, height=fit]
\setlayer[FirstLayer]{First page}
\setlayer[OtherLayer]{Other pages}
%~ \mbox{}\blank[75mm]
\dorecurse{17}{\input zapf\par}

\doloop{\ifnotEOF\getbuffer[text-content]\nextrow\else\exitloop\fi} %OK

Contents of mail.csv:


t-scancsv.lua can be found at
It is an awesome module for document merging.

I’m having a problem that I don’t know how to solve.

Each merged document has different layers for the first and other pages.

But I don’t know how to set a different layout for the first page in
each merged document. I have tried three options.

 1. \definelayout[first] only works for the first page in document,
    not for each merged document.

 2. \definelayout[even] and \definelayout[odd] work as long as each
    merged document contains less than three pages. Otherwise, it
    won’t work.

 3. Adding an \mbox{}\blank[75mm] would do the job, but it’s a
    crappy way to work with ConTeXt (and it might lead to errors in
    the future).

Is there a way to apply different layouts in the first and other pages
in each merged document from the sample above?

Many thanks for your help,


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