On Tue, 25 Nov 2008, Lars Huttar wrote:

> Hello,
> I've been reading through the TeXbook to solidify the foundations for
> TeX programming. In an exercise on roman and italic text, ConTeXt seems
> to behave differently from what the book specifies (Plain TEX) at a
> fairly fundamental level.
> I could understand ConTeXt possibly changing the details of \rm's
> definition, e.g. a change in default font family; but it would really be
> surprising to find that the logic of \rm's behavior has been changed.
> Please help me understand if this is a bug or if there is a design
> principle of ConTeXt that I should be aware of...

It is a design decision. See the chapter of typography 
in the new manual (under preparation).

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