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Some of the manuals exist in a "paper" and a "screen" edition, some also in English and Dutch versions. Linked on this page are always the English screen editions. You find the others on the overview page. Manuals on single topics are linked on their topic page(s).

You can even buy printed versions of some at H2O-Books.

First manuals

You can easily get lost in the number of manuals on ConTeXt here, so before you proceed to the advanced features of ConTeXt, the following selection of the manuals should give you the insight how the things work in ConTeXt. Except the first one they are not necessary for those who want to use ConTeXt out of the box, rather they are meant for those beginners who like to understand the foundations, want to explore advanced features, write own macros or modify existing features. To save time of developers, please, read them before you start asking questions at the mailing list.

Also not-yet-finished but very beautiful Typographic Programming is recommended to the curious beginners by experienced users.

General Manuals



XML and derivatives


Tables and Databases

Graphics, Diagrams, Forms




Different Hacks

  • Details : hints about grid typesetting, columns, text backgrounds, graphics issues and formula tuning
  • Spacing : line correction in grid typesetting

Tool Manuals


There are 6 uptodate files available from PRAGMA ADE.

  1. [screen] [paper] Field Widgets References
  2. [screen] [paper] PPCHTeX examples
  3. [screen] [paper] Flowcharts
  4. [screen] [paper] Tabulation
  5. Reserved for Bibliographies
  6. Reserved for Mathematics
  7. [screen] [paper] Chinese
  8. [screen] Automatic Tables

The uptodate documents now also exist under a different name:

  1. mwidget-p.pdf (paper) and mwidget-s.pdf (screen)
  2. eppchtex.pdf
  3. mchart.pdf
  4. (Not changed?)
  5. (never published)
  6. (never published)
  7. mchinese.pdf
  8. enattab.pdf


ConTeXt Sources (MkII)

Apart from the manuals, the source files (especially, some of the old ones) contain excellent documentation and examples. If you want a pretty printed pdf of a source file, say core-rul.tex, you can type

 texmfstart texexec --module kpse:core-rul.tex

the --module switch tells texexec to generate the documentation. The kpse before the filename, tells texexec to search the texmf tree core-rul.tex

other documentation

Not about ConTeXt, but interesting to ConTeXt users.