[texworks] ConTeXt version & calling convention

Stefan Löffler st.loeffler at gmail.com
Sat Mar 5 14:27:52 CET 2011


recently, it has been brought to my attention (off-list) why we still
have ConTeXt MKII in our standard list of tools in Tw.
Since I have practically no experience with ConTeXt, I hope someone of
you can help me here:

 * According to [1], the current version is MKIV, and it's classified as
"It's a development version and new features are being added constantly,
but it's fully usable."
 - So, what I'd like to know is: is MKIV the common choice nowadays,
with MKII being largely abandoned? And if so, is MKIV supported by all
major, modern TeX distros? And if so, does it work out of the box (i.e.,
I install the ConTeXt package and it works)?

 * The current command line used in Tw for ConTeXt is `texmfstart
texexec <file>`.
[2] lists `texexec <file>` under the "Your 1st [...] ConTeXt document"
tutorial, but `context <file>` under "Running Mark IV". I suspect the
former is MKII? Then why doesn't it make use of `texmfstart`? But more
importantly, how does a portable way for MKIV look like? `context
<file>`? `texmfstart context <file>`?

 * The current command line used in Tw for XeConTeXt is `texmfstart
--xtx texexec <file>`.
Is there a MKIV version of XeConTeXt as well? If so, is it
stable/usable/the common choice? And if so, how to call it?

Note that all of the above questions are intended for the average user,
not for experts. So basically someone who decides to use ConTeXt and Tw
now (or in the last few years), and has a fairly up-to-date TeX distro.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ConTeXt
[2] http://wiki.contextgarden.net/Main_Page

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