11th ConTEXt Meeting: Maibach, Germany, September 11–17, 2017


New proposals should be addressed to Taco Hoekwater or Hans Hagen.

variable fonts

Hans Hagen

Last year OpenType introduced the concept of variable font, a technique that reminds us of MetaFont. This new technology is supported in ConTeXt but is still experimental. More and more example fonts show up on the web. In this presentation I will show what we're dealing with and how you can use these fonts. We can discuss possible user interfaces and extensions.

synctex redone

Hans Hagen

Some users like to enable syntex support. However, for ConTeXt this feature is far from optimal (even the synctex source code mentions this). I will present an alternative for the built-in method which is conceptually more reasonable and also more robust for the way ConTeXt deals with source files (tex as well as xml).


Hans Hagen

Recently a new table mechanism was added (frametables) which is suitable for tables across thousands of pages. In this presentation we will cover the fundamental differences (possibilities and shortcomings) of the table mechanisms in ConTeXt.

color fonts

Hans Hagen

Do we need color fonts? If we do, what techniques are available for us and which one is the most promising? I will give an overview of the way this is done in fonts. I will also give an update on support for (colorful) emoji fonts.


Hans Hagen

Occasionally I get complaints about performance, interestingly not from ConTeXt users. We can discuss the relevance of this aspect and possible explanations of performance hits and what can be done about bottlenecks.

adding features to fonts

Hans Hagen

The mechanism for adding your own features to fonts get extended stepwise. I will give an update on what is possible now. Feel free to come with feature requests.

css selectors in xml

Hans Hagen

We can do quite powerful filtering in ConTeXt when dealing with xml. A while ago the filter mechanism was extended with css-like features. I will give some examples of this trickery.

„Drucksachen gestalten mit ConTeXt“ (Designing publications with ConTeXt) – a book for beginners

Henning Hraban Ramm

I’m writing a book in German, to be published within the Dante series at Lehmanns. The focus is on beginners, and the book will also impart some general knowlegde about typography and design technology.
I hope to finish it in 2018 and wanted to present and discuss the current state – e.g. should I try to include as much as possible, or should it just become the first of a series? (XML processing and scientific work come to mind as subjects for their own books).
I’m also looking for contributors, since I cannot tackle all subjects on my own.