# [NTG-context] Two column layout with footnotes do not work as expected

Dr. Thomas Möbius kontakt at thomasmoebius.de
Fri Oct 23 17:09:59 CEST 2015

Hi,

footnotes in two column layouts are typeset at the bottom of the
respected column but with the width of two columns.

Expected: 1) Either footnotes spanning the whole page from left to right
at the bottom of the page. 2) Or have the footnote be restricted to one
column only.

How can I achieve the former?

I would be thankful for help.

Best,
Thomas

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Minimal example: On the first page, footnotes run into each other. On
the second page, footnote runs into text.

\setuppapersize[A5][A5]

\setupbodyfont[10pt]

\definestartstop[abstract]
[before={\blank\midaligned{\bf Abstract}\startnarrower[2*middle]},
after={\stopnarrower\blank[big]}]

\definecolumnset[TwoColumns][n=2]

\starttext
\title{Two Column Layout with Footnotes Spanning Page}

\startabstract
Footnotes start at the wrong place.
And why is blank[big] ignored after this abstract?
\stopabstract

\godown[1em]

\startcolumnset[TwoColumns]
\section{The first}
This is a test.\footnote{Why do footnotes
only span this one column and don't go
across the whole space?}
\input knuth
\footnote{Why do footnotes
only span this one column and don't go
across the whole space?}
\input knuth
\input knuth
\footnote{Why do footnotes
only span this one column and don't go
across the whole space?}
\input knuth
\input knuth
\input knuth
\stopcolumnset
\stoptext