[NTG-context] A not so short introduction to ConTeXt Mark IV

Augusto Stoffel arstoffel at gmail.com
Wed Jan 6 08:17:41 CET 2021

Hi Joaquín,

Here is a small suggestion, which would have a few different uses. The 
following link, which I copied from the index, should take you to the 
definition of \vbox:


This works at least in some browsers, or by passing the stuff after # 
as a suitable command-line argument to some PDF viewers.

So, it would be really nice to make those named destinations stable and 
readable, for instance


I suspect this is either a switch you turn on in ConTeXt, or something 
that would still need to be implemented as a feature.


On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 12:00 AM Henning Hraban Ramm <texml at fiee.net> 
>  > Am 03.01.2021 um 22:24 schrieb Hans Hagen <j.hagen at xs4all.nl>:
>  >
>  > On 1/3/2021 10:02 PM, BPJ wrote:
>  >> I understand that and it is all well and good. I am wondering if 
> there already is *another* text which presupposes basic knowledge of 
> TeX and general knowledge of LaTeX, perhaps in a by-topic style.
>  > I think this relates to the question how someone comes to tex and 
> then to context. Are tex macro packages used alongside and such? Are 
> there 'from word/office to tex' or reverse manuals? What could be a 
> motivation to write one.
>  I guess most ConTeXt users migrated from LaTeX at some point, so 
> that guide would really make sense. But I can’t write it either, 
> even if I’m also working with LaTeX (but just as a user of one 
> special class).
>  If I run into a problem in LaTeX that I know to solve in ConTeXt, 
> the approach is never right.
>  I think the similarities of LaTeX and ConTeXt are mostly misleading, 
> you’re better off trying to forget everything and start anew.
>  In LaTeX most problems are solved with “use this or that 
> package”, without the need to understand the commands and settings 
> involved, while in ConTeXt most problems are solved with 
> \setupsomething[somekey=somevalue].
>  Of course it helps to understand basic TeX stuff – but you’re 
> not supposed to use (plain) TeX commands in LaTeX, while it is or was 
> much more usual in ConTeXt.
>  Writing my book I have users of text processors (Word/LibreOffice) 
> and layout applications (InDesign etc.) in mind, even if I assume 
> that most readers (if I’ll ever publish it...) will come from LaTeX.
>  > So, one way out could be to have some collection of tips / 
> suggestions and turn that into a kind of manual. Something to do by 
> those who make some transition or use alongside. The wiki is the 
> place start with that.
>  >
>  > So .. up to users.
>  Yes, and that means: up to users migrating from LaTeX and 
> documenting their struggles.
>  Hraban
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