# [NTG-context] How to align numerals in lists on the dot or paranthesis that follows the numeral?

Hamid Kamrani hamid.kamrani at gmail.com
Sun Jun 24 05:13:22 CEST 2007

At least in the U.S., it is the rule and a strict requirement to
typeset vertical lists in such a way that the numerals align on the
dot or parenthesis following the numeral.

(even the daily violation of the rule by some of the most widely used
word processors such as MS Word has not changed this old-aged
convention.)

I feel it must be possible in ConTeXt to do this because it is such a
basic requirement and ConTeXt is used professionally. However, it's
not the default behavior and I don't know which options will achieve
it.

(And if by any chance, this is not yet possible in ConTeXt, can anyone
suggest a workaround for this, in ConTeXt of course.

It is the default behavior in both LaTeX and eplain.

Compare (eplain):

\numberedlist\listcompact
\li The first item.
\li The second item.
\li The third item.
\li The fourth item.
\li The fifth item.
\li The sixth item.
\li The seventh item.
\li The eighth item.
\li The ninth item.
\li The tenth item.
\endnumberedlist

and (LaTeX)

\begin{enumerate}
\item The first item.
\item The second item.
\item The third item.
\item The fourth item.
\item The fifth item.
\item The sixth item.
\item The seventh item.
\item The eighth item.
\item The ninth item.
\item The tenth item.
\end{enumerate}

with (ConTeXt)

\startitemize[n,packed][stopper={.}]
\item The first item.
\item The second item.
\item The third item.
\item The fourth item.
\item The fifth item.
\item The sixth item.
\item The seventh item.
\item The eighth item.
\item The ninth item.
\item The tenth item.
\stopitemize

Thanks,
-Hamid