# [NTG-context] aligning Malayalam horizontally across column

Hans Hagen j.hagen at xs4all.nl
Sat Jan 1 11:12:14 CET 2022

On 12/31/2021 1:55 PM, Ajith R via ntg-context wrote:
> Hi,
> I am trying to prepare a moderate sized document in Malayalam using
> Context. Overall I have been successful. However, there are a few rough
> edges for which I need help. This is the second problem I face.
>
> I have some 300 group of short sentences placed in five columns using
> \startcolumns[n=5]
> \input aCharTable.tex
> \stopcolumns
>
> The aCharTex generated by a shell script contains the 300 plus commands
> with the structure
>
> \tfa{  \bold{variable} \par  (12 - 0.13) } \blank
>
> The problems are that - a) the group, with the two short paras get
> separated into different columns and sometimes pages. How can I prevent
> that? In other words, how do I tell Context that this should be treated
> as cohesive unit? b) The horizontal space doesn't align across columns.
> This probably is because the different conjuncts in each of these lines
> have different heights. How can I ask Context to treat each of these
> cohesive units as having the same height?

But isn't the \par breaking it?

\dontleavehmode\hbox{\tfa\bold{variable} (12 - 0.13)}

we need a better example (just a snippet of actual source that gets
rendered to see the issue)

Hans

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