[NTG-context] Asciidoc --> ConTeXt for presentations

Saša Janiška gour at atmarama.com
Fri Oct 14 19:50:51 CEST 2016

Hans Hagen <pragma at wxs.nl> writes:

> Before we started with context we uses ascii based markup (i still
> have printouts of the code used for pagination, figure placement, tocs
> around somewhere) ...

That’s very interesting…

> but as the input becomes more complex it makes no sense any more to
> use such formats and tex (or nowadays xml) starts looking clean and
> simple in comparison

Hmmm…do you use XML as *source* authoring format? I did try to play with
some XML editors in the past and a bit with XSL stylesheets, but never
found it as pleasnt experience, so I’m really curios to know more about
your XML format usage?

> where
> \startglossary[reference=terms,title={List of Terms}]
> is not that more coding. Anyway, using some asciidoc (should be utfdoc
> i guess) converted to some kind of xml is probably the easiest to deal
> with.

I must admit that in one sense ConTeXt (TeX) is a clear winner. After I
did two books using LyX/LaTeX I am simply spoiled with TeX’s typestting
quality and cannot easily settle for less. Moreover, ConTeXt is
certainly superior to LaTeX (despite of possible lack of more docs), so
on one hand I can imagine that producing one presentation every two week
would probably (hopefully) make me quite skillful in using ConTeXt (maybe
even MetaPost/MetFun), at least, presentation-wise[1]…iow. the more I’d use
ConText, the possibly initial (steeper) learning curve will pay off in
the long term.

Let me say that few days ago I stumbled upon interesting thread
(http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/auctex/2016-09/msg00001.html) on the
AUCTeX mailing list disccussing about possibility to improve general
user experince when writing ConTeXt using that Emacs package…Here is one
message which can be interesting not only for Hans:



[1]  Btw, are special presentation effects (animation, transitions etc.)
available for non-Acrobat-reader PDF viewers?

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