Thank you Aditya. All that makes sense to me. It is quite clear from everyone's responses that the person on c.t.t who claimed ConTeXt is "only" for one-offs was not correct.
On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 2:26 PM, Aditya Mahajan <adit...@umich.edu> wrote: > On Mon, 25 May 2009, John Haltiwanger wrote: > > unlike document classes), there are no pre-rolled environments available. >> I >> am thinking here of standardized thesis environments for universities, or >> a >> > > There are no standardized thesis styles for universities mainly because > there are no consistent specs. Most univs want you to use times, double > spaced lines, wide margins, and some formatting guidelines regarding the > chapter headings, table of content, page headers and footers. Setting these > are easy in ConTeXt (and also LaTeX if you know the relevant packages). > Universities do not provide an official thesis style (either in LaTeX or > ConTeXt) because in most cases they do not have the resources to maintain > them. Students figure something out, and then pass along their styles to the > next generation. If the formatting guidelines change, the burden is on the > students to correct the style, rather than on the university. > > When I was writing my thesis, it took me about a few hours to understand > the formatting guidelines, which were a jigjaw puzzle. Statements like: > Always use Times New Roman at 12pt as the main font. ... two pages down ... > The abstract can be in 10pt or 12pt ... a few pages later, use any of the > standard fonts. It also used vague terminology. Statements like leave two > blank lines after the title (blank lines, er... for what fontsize, the > bodyfont or the title font?). > > ConTeXt makes it really easy to make the formatting changes. Once I > understood the formatting guidelines, writing the main style was very easy > (with a few trips to the manual, and a few questions here on the mailing > list). Making sure that the resultant style looked visually appealing while > not violating the formatting guidelines too a lot of experimentation. > > As Hans said, you can think of ConTeXt as the "standard" thesis style. > Setup a few commands, and you meet your formatting requirements. Write it in > an environment or a module, and you can reuse it. > > Aditya > > > ___________________________________________________________________________________ > If your question is of interest to others as well, please add an entry to > the Wiki! > > maillist : firstname.lastname@example.org / > http://www.ntg.nl/mailman/listinfo/ntg-context > webpage : http://www.pragma-ade.nl / http://tex.aanhet.net > archive : https://foundry.supelec.fr/projects/contextrev/ > wiki : http://contextgarden.net > > ___________________________________________________________________________________ >
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