# [NTG-context] problem with setupwhitespace

```Hello,
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I am trying to setup a layout for a book. Its very simple, consisting only of paragraphs. Regularly, there should be no space between them, but to force the pages getting filled there may be a small space. I cannot figure out how to set it up.
```In the mailing list I found the sample
\setupwhitespace[3pt plus 2pt minus 1pt]```
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but in fact, that seems to have no effect, the page ist not filled. The Reference-Manual doesnt mention this form, but states that there is some stretchability.
```How can I define the stretchability?
My simple Example:

\definepapersize [NomosLexSozA] [width=125mm, height=210mm]

\setuppapersize [NomosLexSozA] [A4]

\setuplayout[

backspace=2.54cm,topspace=1.5cm,

width=middle,height=middle,

location=middle,marking=on,]

\showframe

\setuppagenumbering[alternative=doublesided]

\setupbodyfont[rm,7.5pt,serif]

\setupinterlinespace[line=8pt]

\setupbodyfontenvironment[default][em=italic]

\setupwhitespace[3pt plus 2pt minus 1pt]

%\setupwhitespace[line]

%\setupwhitespace[medium]

%\setupwhitespace[big]

\setuptolerance[horizontal, verytolerant, stretch]

\setuptolerance[vertical, verystrict]

\starttext

\dorecurse{40} {\input knuth}

\stoptext

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with big or medium, it seems to work, but that is to much whitespace for my layout? Can anyone give me a hint?
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Thanks,
Achim
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