[texworks] ConTeXt version & calling convention

Stefan Müller warrence.stm at gmx.de
Sun Mar 6 20:15:59 CET 2011


Hans Hagen pointed out that

 > there is a texworks directory in /context/data (and one can run
 > texworks with "mtxrun --script texworks --start" to get a mkiv aware
 > texworks
 > Hans


On 05.03.2011 14:27, Stefan Löffler wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.
> Regards,
> Stefan
> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ConTeXt
> [2] http://wiki.contextgarden.net/Main_Page

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