# [NTG-context] columns in latest beta

Wolfgang Schuster schuster.wolfgang at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 17:03:46 CEST 2012

Am 19.07.2012 um 16:51 schrieb Thomas A. Schmitz:

> I was writing a reply to Dalyoung, but Wolfgang beat me to it. So I'm going to ask a question myself:
>
> I'm a bit desperate about columns. I want nothing fancy, just a simple two-columns layout for a few pages. Unfortunately, the two betas I have on my computer both have trouble. 2012-06-30 complains about \column: "undefined control sequence." 2012-07-19 throws an error which I've never seen before:
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> system          > tex > error on line 901 in file reader.tex: Bad register code ...
>
> That's the line where I have \stopcolumns. The full error is this:
>
>
> \page_mul_flush_preceding_ongrid ...ceding_height
>                                                  -\dp \d_page_mul_preceding...
> \page_mul_flush_packaged_columns_indeed ...ongrid
>                                                  \else \page_mul_flush_prec...
> \page_mul_flush_packaged_columns_continued ...eed
>                                                  \box \columnpagebox \egroup
> \page_mul_routine_continue ...d_columns_continued
> }\page_otr_construct_and_s...
> \page_otr_command_routine ...mul_routine_continue
>                                                  \or \page_mul_routine_bala...
> \page_otr_triggered_output_routine ...and_routine
>                                                  \fi
>
> What does this "bad register code" mean? I don't even know where to begin to look for an error - there is one \start - \stopcolumns environment earlier in my document, which does appear to work normally. Any pointers?

I can’t give a answer without more information but you can try to use the new columns mechanism with “\definemixedcolumns[columns]” at the begin of your document.

Wolfgang