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