# [tex-live] what to do if I want to use different paragraph separation

David Carlisle d.p.carlisle at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 15:04:32 CET 2015

```Note  tex-live list is for issues relating to the texlive distribution,
not for help with tex questions, but anyway you could use
\usepackage{parskip}
which tries to hide some of the "hiddden" paragraphs from the
effects of increasing \parskip.

David

On 26 October 2015 at 13:57, Matej Kosik
<5764c029b688c1c0d24a2e97cd764f at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
>
> Normally, empty line in the *.tex file indicates that we want to start a new paragraph.
> In the standard LaTeX classes (article, book, ...), a new paragraphs are indicated by indentation.
>
> What is the best solution when, instead of indentation, I want to indicate the beginning of a new paragraph
> by a vertical space in between of adjacent paragraphs?
>
> When I try this:
>
>         \setlength\parindent{0cm}
>         \setlength\parskip{.5em}
>
> the paragraphs are separated in the desired way,
> but changing those variables affects typesetting of other elements which consequently look horrible.
> - there is now a excess space between itemized list and the surrounding text
> - there is now an excess space between individual elements of the itemized list.
>
> If I want to change the paragraph separation but keep everything else unchanged, what should I do?
>
> Somewhere on StackExchange, the advice read "you need to define your own LaTeX class".
> Is this true?
> If yes, didn't somebody already did this in some class?
>
> Thanks you in advance for any tips that might help.
> --
> Matej

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