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

Paul Isambert zappathustra at free.fr
Fri Mar 22 23:36:47 CET 2013

Selon Michael Barr <barr at math.mcgill.ca>:

> 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:
> \documentclass{article}
> \begin{document}
> This is a test of what \\
> does to add to parskip\\
> and again
> And here it is without the\\
> \end{document}
> 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?

As Bob recommended, a good text editor could easily do the job; if
your editor doesn't do regex search/replace, you might consider
switching to another one :), or try the following (probably not
extremely robust) snippet:

    \dospace{} %






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