[NTG-context] Product-component structure

Procházka Lukáš Ing. LPr at pontex.cz
Mon Jul 11 13:01:58 CEST 2016


my "how-I-do-it" used for typesetting a large book was:

---- styles.sty
% Styles, settings etc.; never compiled individually, thus ".sty"; the file also doesn't use '\startenvironment' ... '\stopenvironment' commands (I even don't know whether such commands exist; anyway, I didn't need them)


---- book.tex
% Main file to build the whole book

\environment styles.sty
\startproduct *

     \component comp01

---- comp01.tex
% One of components; can be compiled individually, but sections are not numbered from the point of view of the final document (= book.tex) ("globally") but "locally" from the point of view of just comp01.tex

\environment styles.sty
\startcomponent *


- Environment file 'styles.sty' is included in the product file and ALSO in all component files.
- Environment file is included AHEAD OF any \start{product|component}.
- Product file can be successfully compiled.
- Single components can be compiled successfully, too; sections here are NOT NUMBERED as in the final document.
- There no need to use "project" ability.

That's how I used and I understood component/product/project/environment structure in my project (book).

But a better way may exist (or might be intended).

Best regards,


On Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:25:32 +0200, Aditya Mahajan <adityam at umich.edu> wrote:

> On Sat, 25 Jun 2016, Wolfgang Schuster wrote:
>>> Hans Hagen <mailto:pragma at wxs.nl>
>>> 25. Juni 2016 um 11:56
>>> i always use one main environment (that can include others) and putting
>>> an \environment on top of a component is then not much overhead (compared
>>> to getting the content done)
>> The problem with puttins \environment before \startcomponents is
>> that you can’t check for the *component mode which is enabled
>> after the environment was loaded.
> So, one should use:
> \startcomponent *
> \environment env
> ...
> \stopcomponent
> for both components and products?
> Aditya

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