ConTeXt provides a higher layer of API to access various counters. For example, to set the page number to a certain value use
Other useful commands for working with counters are
\resetnumber [page] \incrementnumber[page] \decrementnumber[page] \savenumber [page] \restorenumber [page] \getnumber [page]
Two counters can be coupled by
\definenumber[one] \definenumber[two][one] Default value of counter one: \getnumber[one] We increment counter two \incrementnumber[two] New value of counter one: \getnumber[one]
By default counters are reset with each new chapter. To have a counter which isn’t reset one needs “way=bytext" and to remove the chapter number from the \getnumber result one has to add “prefix=no”.
An example definition is
Names of Commonly Used Counters