[NTG-context] Why is the textarea not centered by default?

Henri Menke henri at henrimenke.de
Thu Nov 5 11:56:49 CET 2020

On Thu, 2020-11-05 at 11:28 +0100, Sylvain Hubert wrote:
> Dear List,
>     \starttext \showframe \showsetups \stoptext
> This minimal example without further configuration shows that the default
> value for backspace, textwidth and paperwidth are 2.5cm, 15cm, 21cm resp.,
> which means that the textarea is horizontally 0.5cm off the center by default,
> and one can indeed see a clear extra margin on the right side.
> This seems weird but I'm no expert of typesetting, so does anyone know why it
> has been set like that?

%D The default dimensions are quite old and will not change. The funny fractions
%D were introduced when we went from fixed dimensions to relative ones. Since
%D \CONTEXT\ is a dutch package, the dimensions are based on the metric system.
%D asymmetrical layout is kind of handy for short quick||and||dirty stapled
%D documents.


> Thanks.
> Best,
> Sylvain
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