# [NTG-context] columnset balancing

Vit Zyka vit.zyka at seznam.cz
Sun Jun 26 14:39:45 CEST 2005

Hello Hans,

appologize my boring again with the same question about columnset
balancing. But I would like to know what is the current stage of this
feature. Seeing the code it seems to me some work in this direction was
done but due to very complex and tricky stuff I am not able to
recognize, how far from the goal it is.

Actually, what is my goal design?
+ two column layout
+ float spanning one or two columns
(both perfectly fullfilled by columnsets)
- each chapter head spans two columns
(it assumes stop columns, balancing, continuing on the same page without
pagebreak, put chapter head, start columnset on the rest of the page)

It is feasible or I will have to abjured this idea?

Vit

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: columnset balancing, footnoterule in columnset, Re:
[NTG-context] columnset layout distortion
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 11:29:31 +0200
From: Vit Zyka <vit.zyka at seznam.cz>
To: mailing list for ConTeXt users <ntg-context at ntg.nl>
References: <42B6CA43.2060103 at seznam.cz> <42B73452.2050402 at wxs.nl>

Hans Hagen wrote:
> Vit Zyka wrote:
>> margin). I noticed weird behaviour. It is expressed by vertical shift
>> of columns, please see the page 2 of
>>   http://typokvitek.com/tmp/layoutdistort.pdf
>>   source: http://typokvitek.com/tmp/layoutdistort.tex
>>
>> It seems that the problem is caused by switch to \ss font family
>> continueing to a place of the page break. Any explanation/suggestion?
>
> i made an \restoreinterlinespace mechanism so that you can do the

Hans it is great! I have two next questions:

1) Am I missing something or columnsets do not provide balancing?
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\definecolumnset[two]  [n=2,balance=yes]
\starttext
\startcolumnset[two]
\dorecurse{6}{\input knuth \endgraf}
\stopcolumnset
\input zapf \endgraf
\stoptext
-----------------------------------------

2) Footnotes with settings \setupfootnotes[location=columns,rule=on]
between \columnset do not draw rule. I discover it is due to missing
\vbox. So this solve this problem for me, but it is not elegant and I do
not know if it can caused some side effect:
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\def\MyBeforeFootnote{\vbox\bgroup\blank}
\def\MyAfterFootnote{\egroup}
\setupfootnotes[
location=columns,rule=on,rulethickness=.4pt,
before=\MyBeforeFootnote,after=\MyAfterFootnote,
]
\unprotect
\def\normalnoterule
\ifvmode
\color
[\noteparameter\c!rulecolor]
{\vrule
\!!width .2\hsize
\!!height\noteparameter\c!rulethickness
\!!depth \zeropoint}%
\kern\strutdepth
\fi
}
\protect

\definecolumnset[col][n=2]

\starttext
\startcolumnset[col]
\input knuth
\footnote{Donald E. Knuth}
\stopcolumnset
\stoptext
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vit

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