[texhax] What can I about \\ added at par ends?

Michael Barr barr at math.mcgill.ca
Fri Mar 22 22:25:06 CET 2013

I have an ms that is to be published in the online journal I do the tex 
editing for.  For reasons I don't want to go into, I cannot ask him to 
revise it; it was put into tex by a grad student, not by the author.  The 
grad student ended every paragraph with \\ followed by a blank line.  You 
can see the effect from this simple file:

This is a test of what \\

does to add to parskip\\

and again

And here it is without the\\


There are 1063 instances of \\ in the file and probably several dozen are 
actually appropriate, maybe a 100.  (This ms compiles to 170 pages.)  I am 
not about to go through it and take out the ones that shouldn't be there. 
One thing I tried was \parskip -5pt.  This helped but are a few instances 
where the student "forgot" to add the \\.  So is there any way to nullify 
the effect of \\ when it is followed by a blank line (or, presumably, a 
\par) but still has the correct effect otherwise?


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moral philosophy--the search for a superior moral justification
for selfishness.  --J.K. Galbraith

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