Frequently Asked Questions
Why aren't language translations file updated regularly?
We don't have enough time to wait for translations, so check the download section often.
When I view the source of a webpage, ConTEXT doesn't highlight this as HTML
Set ConTEXT as the default HTML editor. In IE (Tools/Internet options/Programs/HTML editor). After this, in file menu of IE you'll see command "Edit with ConTEXT". Use this to view HTML files inside IE.
I experience a problem when I open files with a space in the path.
There is a issue with previously associated files to notepad. You can either re-register the file extension using ConTEXT (Environment options/Associations) or manually edit file associations: start Windows File Explorer, "Tools/Folder options/File types", find the file type which you've got problems, Edit it and in "Open" command double quote %1 parameter ("%1").
How can I vertically select text in blocks?
Toggle selection mode with Ctrl+L or hold down the Alt key while making your selection with the mouse.
How can I add my own keywords to existing built-in syntax highlighter?
You can't, However you can build your own custom syntax highlighters. For more details about it, check the sample highlighter in the Highlighters\ subdirectory of your ConTEXT directory.
What about combined syntax highlighters (PHP, JS and ASP in HTML)?
There are a number of combined external highlighters in the download section which can offer this support.
When I uninstall ConTEXT, is there any garbage left in my registry?
Two things are left: extension associations to ConTEXT (if you defined it) and HKCU\Software\Eden\ConTEXT registry key. The first one you can unassociate using (Environment options/Associations) before uninstalling ConTEXT and the last one by deleting this key using regedit.
Can ConTEXT edit binary files? What about hex editor?
At the moment, ConTEXT can edit any file not containing 0x00 char. There are plans for an integrated hex editor in v1.0.
How to use Borland C++ 5.5 free compiler with ConTEXT?
Open a .cpp file to test
Select "Options/Environment options/Execute Keys"
Select the cpp group, if there isn't any, click "Add" and enter the extension, in this case "cpp" (without quotes)
Now click on the cpp - F9, assuming that you installed Borland compiler in the folder "C:\Bcc\", if you installed in other folder, just replace it.
Options for cpp - F9:
Start in: %p
Check "Editing before execution"
Check "Capture console output"
Then click "OK"
Executing DOS applications without output in ConTEXT console window.
You can achieve this by using ConExec's -p option. For example, if you've got this configuration:
you'll change it to:
Execute: c:\Program Files\ConTEXT\ConExec.exe
Parameters: -p "c:\util\tlink.exe" %1
Any command line options available?
Sure, check ConTEXT help to learn more about it.
I think ConTEXT gets slower when it starts. Is it true?
It can be. To speed it up, delete "ConTEXT Positions.ini" file and delete all external highlighters you don't use. You can find them in the Highlighters\ directory. Those issues will be fixed in ConTEXT v1.0.
I found a bug! Can you fix it?
First of all, be sure you're using newest version of ConTEXT. Check the ConTEXT forum if there is solution for your problem. If not, send as much info about it as you can. Can you repeat it? How? What exactly happened? Which highlighter did you use? Send a screenshot if possible.
I don't understand how Code templates work.
Check Object Pascal, HTML or Java templates included with ConTEXT as examples.
What language did you use to code ConTEXT?
Delphi (object pascal)
What is the shortcut for...?
Look into the main menu. Most of the commands are there and you can see it's shortcut.
Can I get ConTEXT source files?
Is ConTEXT really free? Can I donate something to encourage development?
Can I use ConTEXT in my commercial application?
Yes, as long as you keep the copyright and disclaimer in the source files.