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

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 15:05:04 CET 2015

2015-10-26 14:57 GMT+01:00 Matej Kosik <
5764c029b688c1c0d24a2e97cd764f at gmail.com>:

> 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?

No, it is not necessary to go that far to define a new class. The easiest
way is not to leave empty lines around the list environments and between
items, i.e. do it this way:

The paragraph ends here but we continue with the enumeration without an
empty space.
\item something
\item anything
The next paragraphs starts here without an empty line.

If you need empty lines for better readability, add the % sign instead of
the empty line. In such a case TeX will not insert the \par token.

If you do not like this, you can redefine just the list environments.

> Thanks you in advance for any tips that might help.
> --
> Matej

Zdeněk Wagner
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