[NTG-context] right item marks for associative questions?

śrīrāma citturs at gmail.com
Tue Apr 12 07:48:12 CEST 2022


On 4/12/22 12:16 AM Damien Thiriet via ntg-context wrote:
> Hi!
> 
> I am used to giving associative questions to my pupils,
> something like
> 
> * connect the author with its ideas
> 
> Friedrich Nietzsche *      * "God is dead"
> Woody Allen *              * "Nietzsche is dead, God is dead 
>                               and I don't feel so good"
> God *                      * "Nietzsche is dead"
> 
> I design it as a two-cells xtable with itemized lists inside.
> How can I have the item mark on the right side?

If you are certain that the there will be no multi-line item (i.e. item text is short enough that it fits in slightly less than half of textwidth) you can use an enumeration, and put the contents inside a two-column layout:

%%% start example-1
  \define[1]\aitemcmd{\inframed[width=1cm,align=flushright,frame=off]{(#1)}}
  \defineenumeration
    [aitem]
  \setupenumeration
    [aitem]
    [text=,
    alternative=empty,
    headstyle=normal,
    width=fit,
    align=flushright,
    closesymbol={\getnumber[aitem]},
    closecommand=\aitemcmd]

  \starttext
  \startcolumns[distance=1cm]
  \startitemize[n]
  \dorecurse{5}{
    \startaitem
      whatever left
    \stopaitem
  }
  \stopitemize

  \startitemize[a][left=(,right=),stopper=,width=1cm]
  \dorecurse{5}{
    \startitem
      whatever right
    \stopitem
  }
  \stopitemize
  \stopcolumns
  \stoptext
%%% stop example-1

[You can tweak the alternative, align, closesymbol, closecommand to get exactly what you want; the example above will give a somewhat symmetric layout]

More generally, if the text can multi-line, then I think TABLE (with proper alignment options) might be better-suited:

%%% start example-2
  \define\startItemize{
    \bTABLE\setupTABLE[frame=on,align=lohi]
    \setupTABLE[2][distance=1cm,align={flushright,lohi}]
    \setupTABLE[2,3][width=0.05\textwidth]
    \setupTABLE[1][align=flushright,width=0.4\textwidth]
    \setupTABLE[4][align=flushleft,width=0.4\textwidth]
  }
  \define\stopItemize{\eTABLE}
  \define[1]\metI{\bTR \bTD #1 \eTD \bTD (\character{\currentTABLErow}) \eTD}
  \define[1]\Item{\bTD (\currentTABLErow) \eTD \bTD #1 \eTD  \eTR}

  \starttext
  \startItemize
  \dorecurse{5}{
  \metI {whatever here on the left}
  \Item {whatever here on the right}
  }
  \stopItemize
  \stoptext
%%% stop example-2

Best,
  Sreeram




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