# Re: [NTG-context] a way to implement \testcolumn in mixedcolumns

```On 11/23/2013 6:49 AM, Hans Hagen wrote:
> On 11/22/2013 11:37 PM, Lars Huttar wrote:
>> On 11/22/2013 4:59 PM, Hans Hagen wrote:
>>> On 11/20/2013 11:12 PM, Lars Huttar wrote:
>>>> On 11/20/2013 4:47 PM, Lars Huttar wrote:
>>>>> However one thing we do miss from columnsets is the control over
>>>>> widows
>>>>> & orphans in two ways: \testcolumn, and \setupcolumnsetlines.
>>>>> \testcolumn[n] allowed us to do a conditional column break, so
>>>>> when we
>>>>> were about to start a new subsection heading, we could prevent it
>>>>> being
>>>>> an orphan at the bottom of the column; and when starting a paragraph
>>>>> with a hangaround graphic framed flushright and bottom, we could
>>>>> similarly use \testcolumn to prevent the graphic from hanging down
>>>>> into
>>>>> the footer (which is what sometimes happened otherwise).
>>>>>
>>>>> So I'm wondering, is there some way to achieve the equivalent of
>>>>> \testcolumn in mixedcolumns?
>>>
>>> for the moment add \penalty10000
>>>
>>
>> OK... where? In the same place we used to use \testcolumn?
>
> just after the (sub)section title
>
> i need time to figure out this kind of things in the balancer```
```
Hans, here is what I tried (MWE):

\setuppapersize[A4]

\starttext

\section{Introduction}

\startmixedcolumns[distance=5mm, balance=yes]

\dorecurse {25} {

\penalty10000

If I had not participated fully in all these activities, literally
hundreds of improvements would never have been made, because I would
never have thought of them or perceived their importance. \endgraf

}

\stopmixedcolumns

\stoptext

As you see, I tried \penalty10000 after the subsection heading.
But in the resulting PDF, on page 3, in the left column, we see a
subsection heading at the bottom of the column with nothing below it. So
something didn't work.

Am I not doing it the way you meant?

Lars

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