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Used in itemizations. Prints the first paragraph of an item in the headstyle specified in \startitemize, and prevents a pagebreak from occurring between the head and the next item. By default, the headstyle is simply the normal style. An empty line or a \par after a \head is required, so that ConTeXt may distinguish between the header line and the rest of the head item.

Because the occasional bold item in a list still does not look very much like a head, the items under the head are often printed in a nested \startitemize.

Referring to the head

The syntax \head[ref] probably do not work - it is necessary to use \starthead[ref] ... \stophead ([1])


    \head Birds % empty line is required between first par and rest of head 
                % item, or one will get a very long header

        What is water? This is a difficult question to answer, 
        because water is impossible to define. One could ask 
        the same question about birds. What {\em are} birds? 
        We just don't know.
            \item Toucan
            \item Quetzal
            \item Cassowary

    \head Mammals \par % The \par has the same function as the empty line
            \item Anteater
            \item Sloth
            \item Capybara

Example of a reference

    \starthead[TheHead] Head \stophead

      Some text

  See point \in[TheHead].

See also

  • \startitemize
  • \item to print ordinary items
  • \sym to print an item with a custom symbol
  • \mar to print an item with margin text
  • \sub to print an item with a continuation mark
  • \its to print an item with a row of marks (for response ranges)
  • \ran to print a range for the \its row
  • \head to print a head within the list
  • \but to print an item whose mark is an interactive button

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