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SciTE is a Scintilla based text editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs. The ConTeXt distribution includes files which can be used to configure SciTE for editing and building ConTeXt documents.

Installing SciTE for ConTeXt

Installing on Windows

The following procedure has been found to work, assuming that the current ConTeXt distribution is installed in the folder C:\tools\context.

  • Download the SciTE Windows binaries from SciTEDownload to a suitable location on the target machine, e.g. C:\Tools\scite.
  • Copy the contents of C:\tools\context\texmf-context\context\data\scite to C:\tools\scite\wscite.
  • Create a batch file C:\Tools\scite\cscite.bat for use with SciTE. This runs setuptex.bat before launching SciTE. The contents of this batch file should be:
rem Use to start SciTE for ConTeXt
@echo off
cd \tools\context
call setuptex
cd \tools\scite\wscite
start scite.exe %1%
  • After initial installation, add the following to the
import context
  • Local settings are defined in

Building a ConTeXt document is as simple as opening it in the editor and pressing [F7].

Building using MKii

There are still some problems with MKiv, but SciTE builds using MKiv by default, to change to MKii alter the file as follows:

#name.context.texexec=$(name.context.mtxrun) --script context $(name.texexec.flag.pdfopen)
name.context.texexec=$(name.context.mtxrun) --usekpse texexec $(name.texexec.flag.pdfopen)

Using [Cntrl-2]

The default behaviour for [Cntrl-2] is to open a PDF using GhostView, to get it to use Acrobat Reader, proceed as follows:

  • Edit the file to include the line:

then edit the lines beginning "command.2" as follows:

command.2.$(file.patterns.context)=$(name.context.acrobat) $(FileDir)\$(FileName).pdf
command.2.$(file.patterns.example)=$(name.context.acrobat) $(FileDir)\$(FileName).pdf
  • Make sure that the PATH environment variable includes the directory of the Acrobat executable (e.g. C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader).