# [dev-context] [NTG-context] Problems with columnsets and \startbackground \stopbackground

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Sun Jul 2 16:05:04 CEST 2006

Hi Olaf,

Olaf Mersmann wrote:
>>It is probably a bug, but it is not likely that it will get fixed
>>soon. \startbackground is an 'old' command, columnsets are 'new'
>>and the interaction is not always perfect.
>
> Is this documented in the manuals and I missed it or simply something
> one learns with time? If it's not documented, maby it could be posted
> on contextgarden?

I do not think anything is in the manual, it is one of those
situations that grow over time: there are perceived limits in a
specific solution (like \startbackgrounds) so Hans writes an
alternate subsystem (like \starttextbackgrounds) that slowly
becomes powerful enough to take over the original. The
documentation is normally not updated until 100% of the old
functionality is available in the new subsystem.

A page with 'deprecated / outdated' commands on the wiki would
certainly be helpful, I agree with that. (CC context dev list)

Taco