Latex Packages

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The LaTeX standard tools bundle


Implements a command that causes the commands specified in its argument to be expanded after the current page is output. Context gives finer control using \startpostponing

 \startpostponing [pagenumber] [+pageoffset]
   PAGE 2 \blank
    PAGE +1 \blank
    PAGE +2 \blank
\starttext \dorecurse{4}{\input tufte \page} \stoptext


This is a latex specific package.


I think that with etex, these things are trivial in context. I am not sure of the details. --Aditya


The dcolumn package makes use of the array package to define a "D" column format for use in tabular environments.

Context has support for such features, however, I need to look up the details. --Aditya


Context has builting support for all the functionality of enumerate package. Look at the documentation of \setupitemize


Provides files to be used in subverting the response to TeX's "file not found" errors, when running LaTeX.


Provides a package which defines a command \fontsample (which will print a sample of the current font), and a document which prompts for a font family name (such as "cmr") and prints a sampler of the whole family.

In ConTeXt, you can see the details of a font by \showfontstrip which shows a summary of the current font, and \showfont which shows the current font, and can also show an arbitrary font.


Assembles footnotes on two-column pages at the bottom of the right hand column.


This is a latex table specefic command.


In context you can achieve the same effect by



Context has an inbuilt \showlayout command, but that does not give a visual output like the layout package.


Longtable allows you to write tables that continue to the next page. Context has support for this, but I do know too much about it. Perhaps someone else can elaborate on this. --Aditya 04:10, 25 August 2006 (CEST)


Context has \startcolumns and columnsets that support the features of multicol.


This is a latex font specific package


The showkeys package modifies the \label, \ref, \pageref, \cite and \bibitem commands so that the "internal" key is printed, without affecting the appearance of the rest of the text, so far as is possible (the keys typically appear in the margin).

AFAIK, Context does not have this functionality. A partial solution is using \version[temporary] which gives a list of refernces used on the current page.


This is a latex specific package.


This is not a recommended latex package. Context's \startenumeration has a lot of the functionality of theorems.



This is a latex specific package for debugging.


Context provides similar functionality using \somewhere


This is a reimplementation of Latex's verbatim environment. Context has \starttyping which is equivalent to verbatim environment in Latex. See Verbatim_text for more details


The package provides a means of creating references to labels in another file


Context has \autoinsertnextspace which is equivalent. However, this is (and will) remain undocumented and unsupported, since Hans does not like this kind of behaviour.

Other Packages


This is the most popular package for typesetting mathematics in LaTeX. Most of the features of amsmath are in ConTeXt-core.


This package allows one to place a word "Draft" on the page background. In Context the same result can be achieved using Layers. See Alternating backgrounds and repeating layers for an example.