[NTG-context] How to create a more human-readable syntax for displaying workbook activities?

Joel uaru99 at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 19 01:58:39 CEST 2022

I am creating a student workbook. There are ~30 chapters, each containing ~20 activities, called "Activity A", "Activity B", and so on.

The `workbook.tex` itself uses a recurse function, so it prints chapter 1-30. The reason I use this, is if I need to do a fast test of the code, I can compile a specific range of chapters, not the whole workbook.




\activityA prints the workbook activity "Activity A".
\activityB prints the workbook activity "Activity B".

The problem comes in that some activities have varied versions. Just as an example, "Activity C might be a crossword puzzle in some chapters, but a word search in other chapters. My poor solution has been to use registercyclist:

\define\altCa{print a crossword}
\define[3]\altCb{print a word search}
\registercyclelist{activityClist}{\altCa, \altCb{}{}{}, \altCb{}{}{}}

This code works okay, but becomes broken if I try to change the page range in `dostepwiserecurse` when testing my code. The other problem is the syntax is super messy. Within this single line, tones of data is crammed in:

\registercyclelist{activityClist}{\altCa, \altCb{}{}{}, \altCb{}{}{}}
...not only is it not easy to read which chapter gets which activity, I also have to fill in the {}{}{} with data, making it more difficult to read.

How can I create a much cleaner, human-readable syntax for storing this? Is there some simpler way to tell ConTeXt Chapter 1 gets one variant, Chapter 2, 3, and 4 get another, etc.?

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