# [NTG-context] Re: customizing footnote numbers

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Wed Apr 6 14:21:33 CEST 2005

```Patrick Gundlach wrote:
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>>>We are in a fully programmable environment,
>>>and it is extremely unConTeXtish to hack the visual appearance.
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>>I am an XML author, so am pretty amazed to hear that one should not mix
>>appearance and content in ConTeXt. Most of a ConTeXt document involves
>>visual appearance. What is one saying when one writes \blank[12pt]?
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> This is visual appearance, of cource. But I am not talking about one
> single instance of \blank anywhere, I am talking about changing a
> reaeated statement (like the footnotes) by visual means. And
> formatting instructions have no right to exist there (in fact they
> should be filtered out by \sanitizelogigalmarkup{\footnote...}. This
> is one of the great advantages of using a high level language such as
> LaTeX or ConTeXt (and ConTeXt so much more than LaTeX) that we can
> define layout in this way.

to this i can add that concerning the blank, one preferably should follow the
indirect approach, thereby avoiding hard coded numbers in the document source

\defineblank[mybig][33pt]

....

\blank[mybig]

Hans

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