# Re: [NTG-context] \definelayout[first] does not yield to default layout on page 2

```On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM, Peter Park Nelson
<peter.park.nel...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM, Wolfgang Schuster
>>
>> Am 26.01.2012 um 03:41 schrieb Peter Park Nelson:
>>
>>> First-page layout is an issue that I have asked about before, but
>>> maybe I am doing something wrong. Here is my question in an earlier
>>> http://archive.contextgarden.net/message/20111228.041922.c60f9cd5.en.html.
>>>
>>> I want to define a layout for the first page of my document with
>>> a large footer to hold publication information. Based on examples on
>>> Contextgarden and this list, I think my code below is correct.
>>> However, the first page formatting is continued on all pages of the
>>> document. The effect is the same when using \definelayout[first] and
>>> \definelayout[1].
>>
>> Is MkIV a option for you? The problem had been there for a while as well but
>> now it’s fixed
>> you can decide what ConTeXt should do after the first page.
>>
>> With the “state” you can control whether the layout at the second page
>> should be switched
>> back to the global layout with \definelayout[…][state=start] (this is the
>> default setting) or
>> it should remain with \definelayout[…][state=repeat].
>>
>>> \definelayout
>>>  [first]
>>>  [width=middle,
>>>  backspace=15mm,
>>>  topspace=10mm,
>>>  height=254mm,
>>>  footer=25mm,      % big footer
>>>  footerdistance=5mm,
>>>  grid=yes]
>>
>> You have to set only what’s different from the global layout.
>>
>> \definelayout
>>  [first]
>>  footer=25mm,
>>  footerdistance=5mm]
>>
>> Wolfgang
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>
> Wolfgang and Wagner, thank you for taking the time to respond to this.
>
> I am using MkIV. I just updated to the latest beta (I had been running
> one beta behind). I was intentionally not using layout inheritance in
> my \definelayout commands to eliminate the possibility of a problem in
> the inheritance mechanism.
>
> Interaction with columnsets also seems to be part of the problem, as I
> will try to explain.
>
> 1.  In a layout with no columnset: \definelayout[first] creates a
> unique layout for the first page and returns to the default layout on
> page 2. BUT from page 3 onwards, the text does not go all the way to
> the bottom of the text area (although \showframe indicates that the
> text area is correct). A workaround is to add
> \definelayout[current][...parameters that undo the first-page
> parameters...].
>
> 2.  In a layout with a columnset
> (\definecolumnset[body][n=2,balancing=yes]): use of
> \definelayout[first] causes failure with the error message below.
> Ignoring warnings and forcing Context to continue results in a pdf
> with \showframe lines drawn correctly, but text not filling the whole
> column height, as described previously.
>
> #################
>
> ERROR MESSAGE:
>
> system          > tex > error on line 70 in file J2-pagearea.tex:
> Emergency stop ...
>
> 60       [footer]
> 61       [footer]
> 62
> 63     \starttext
> 64     \showframe
> 65     \showgrid
> 66
> 67
> 68     \startcolumnset[body]
> 69
> 70 >>  \dorecurse{40}{\input tufte \par }
> 71
> 72     %\input tufte \par
> 73
> 74     \stopcolumnset
> 75
> 76     \stoptext
> 77
>
>
> \OTRSETdoifcellelse ...er #1:\number #2\endcsname
>                                                  \@EA \secondoftwoarguments...
> \@@ar@@3 ...ellelse {\mofcolumns }\columnlastcell
> \redoloop ->\expandrecursecontent
>                                  \endofloop
>                   {
> <inserted text>
>                44
> \endofloop ...expr \recurselevel +\plusone \relax
>                                                  }
> ...
> l.70 \dorecurse{40}{\input tufte \par }
>
> End of file on the terminal!
>
> !  ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!
>
> --
> Peter Park Nelson
> peter.park.nel...@gmail.com```
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More testing with the old columns mechanism instead of columnset:

\startcolumns[n=2] produces roughly the same result as no columns, the
text stops short of the bottom of the page. However, the
\definelayout[current] workaround I mentioned does not solve the
problem in this case.

I'm quite willing to abandon the columnset mechanism if I can get a
working solution with columns.

--
Peter Park Nelson
peter.park.nel...@gmail.com
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