# [NTG-context] Arranging columns (rotated U-Shape). Do you know a way to do in ConTeXt (with or without column sets)?

Sat Nov 21 08:57:47 CET 2015

```Dear readers,

I am not sure that I explained my goal that well. It is about using
context for a column-based monthly journal.
Trying to achieve similar layout with context as I achieved with
InDesign before, I ran into problems I cannot resolve.

The U-Shape overlaps columns in a way I cannot achieve, but this is
meant to be a simpler case of something more general.

AAAAAAAAAAAA | UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
|
AAAAA  AAAAA | UUUUU  IMAGE_IMAGE_  UUUUU
AAAAA  AAAAA | UUUUU  IMAGE_IMAGE_  UUUUU
AAAAA  AAAAA | UUUUU  IMAGE_IMAGE_  UUUUU
AAAAA  AAAAA | UUUUU  IMAGE_IMAGE_  UUUUU
AAAAA  AAAAA | UUUUU                UUUUU
-------------+ UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU
BBBBBBBBBBBB | UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU
| UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU
BBBBB  BBBBB | UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU
BBBBB  BBBBB | UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU
BBBBB  BBBBB | UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU
BBBBB  BBBBB | UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU
BBBBB  BBBBB | UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU  UUUUU

It shows three articles (marked with letters A B and U).
I hope this email shows font in fixed width on your email-client.

You can see how columns are arranged. I do not have any idea how to
achieve such layout with ConTeXt at the moment.

On the current journal I layout it would be enough to achieve the
simpler rotated U-Shape.

Regards,
Leonard

On 13.11.2015 11:47, Leonard Siebeneicher wrote:
>
> Using ConTeXt MkIV.
> I try to figure out how to use column sets such that one can place a
> column seperately beside other columns. I did not found a way.
>
> The setup for columnsets should look like a rotated U-shape
>
> %% /Page 1 _________________\
> %% +------+ +------+ +------+
> %% |      | |cset-1| |cset-1|
> %% |cset-3| +------+ +------+
> %% |      |
> %% |      | +------+ +------+
> %% |      | |cset-2| |cset-2|
> %% +------+ +------+ +------+
>
> Text should flow inside cset-1 columns automatically, without need to
> force column break by hand (like \column).
>
> I get something like
>
> %% /Page 1 _________________\
> %%          +------+ +------+
> %%          |cset-1| |cset-1|
> %%          +------+ +------+
> %%
> %%          +------+ +------+
> %%          |cset-2| |cset-2|
> %%          +------+ +------+
> %%
> %% /Page 2 _________________\
> %% +------+
> %% |      |
> %% |cset-3|
> %% |      |
> %% |      |
> %% |      |
> %% +------+
>
> Is it possible to do with columnsets? Are there other ways without
> columnsets?
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Leonard Siebeneicher
>
> _____
> My ConTeXt-File looks like
>
> %% begin file
> %% vvvvvvvvvv
>
> \usemodule[visual]
>
> \definecolumnset[cset-1][n=3,balance=yes]
> \definecolumnset[cset-2][n=3,balance=yes]
> \definecolumnset[cset-3][n=3,balance=yes] %% ???
>
> \starttext\showgrid
> \setupcolumnsetlines[cset-1][1][1][18]
> \setupcolumnsetlines[cset-1][1][2][18]
> \setupcolumnsetlines[cset-1][1][3][18]
> \startcolumnset[cset-1]\dorecurse{2}{\column\fakewords{25}{50}}\stopcolumnset
>
>
> \setupcolumnsetstart[cset-2][1][1][20]
> \setupcolumnsetstart[cset-2][1][2][20]
> \setupcolumnsetstart[cset-2][1][3][20]
> \startcolumnset[cset-2]\dorecurse{2}{\column\fakewords{25}{50}}\stopcolumnset
>
>
> %% Now lets return to line 1 on page 1 to overlap columns
> \setupcolumnsetstart[cset-3][1][1][1]
> \setupcolumnsetstart[cset-3][1][2][1]
> \setupcolumnsetstart[cset-3][1][3][1]
> \startcolumnset[cset-3]\dorecurse{2}{\fakewords{25}{50}}\stopcolumnset
> \stoptext
> %% Oops, a second page has been added
>

```