# Re: [NTG-context] horizontal alignment

On 09/07/10 01:32, Michael Goerz wrote:

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to do some horizontal alignment, for typesetting poetry.
How would you solve this kind of problem? I've considered defining a
macro \BrokenLine[line1][line2] that does the above. But, there are
also instances where there are two or more lines as a continuation of
one previous line. Maybe there is a possibility to mark a horizontal


Didn't know you were into ConTeXt...


Anyway, this is a crappy solution and you could probably make it better. As far as I'm aware, there is no way to get the current horizontal position across the page at any particular moment. The method below essentially just measures the length of the line that you want to enter, and sets this as the indent.

\dimendef\indentl=10

\def\savewidth#1{%
\setbox0=\hbox{#1}%
\copy0%
\indentl=\wd0%
}

\setbox0=\hbox{#1}%
\mindent\copy0%
}

\def\mindent{\hskip\indentl}

\starttext
\startlines
here we now see you ~~  already in grief
as you see ~~  yourselves ~~  as the last of the lasts
\savewidth{we are mirrors of your consciousness }
\mindent as you see the end
\savewidth{and you see us ~~ deep }
\mindent of the universe
seeing you deep ~~ in the gravity well of the heat death
we are dying ~~ in the spring as we watch you die
we are grieving in the spring as you begin to grieve for all
we are talking about bone-dry at the bottom of the well of time
\mindent for time is transparent
\savewidth{and we are all rats in the glassy }
\mindent labyrinth of time.
\stoplines
\stoptext

--
Michael Murphy
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