# [NTG-context] Background under bibliography (like in mkiv-publications.pdf)

Romain Diss romain.diss at yahoo.fr
Mon Mar 18 21:45:27 CET 2019

Le 18/03/2019, Aditya Mahajan a ï¿½crit
> On Mon, 18 Mar 2019, Romain Diss wrote:
>
> > Le 13/03/2019, Aditya Mahajan a ï¿½crit
> > > > Is there a simple way to split a large \startframedtext environment over
> > > > multiple pages. It doesn't work out of the box and I didn't find any
> > > > option make it work in the wiki nor in the documentation I read.
> > >
> > > Use backgrounds or textbackgrounds.
> > Thank you but I still can't achieve what I want to do whith this
> > command.
> >
> > I try to make something similar to the frames in the
> > "mkiv-publications.pdf" manual (page 6 or 22 for a bibliography for
> > examples).
> > I suppose Hans Hagen made use of metafun to do it but I encounter some
> > problems with 'textbackgrounds'.
> >
> > In this minimal example, the frame doesn't appear (or if i set
> > [frame=on,leftframe=off] all the frame is rendered) and the left and
> > right offsets are not took into account.
>
> textbackground uses metapost for ALL backgrounds and the default metapost
> code to draw the background (draw_multi_pars, defined in mp-abck.mkiv)
> doesn't handle individual frames. So, you have to write your own metapost
> code to draw the side bar.
>
> Another option for simple backgrounds is to use `\definebackground` instead
> of `definetextbackground`. The background mechanism doesn't have too many
> options, but does honor leftframe and rightframe by default.

It will take some time to understand everything in "mp-abck.mpiv" but it
will sure be very interesting.

Thank you.

--
Romain Diss