[texhax] \vskip at beginning of file

Rodolfo Medina rodolfo.medina at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 08:52:39 CEST 2016

Hi.

In plain TeX: If I want to put a \vskip at the very beginning of my document, I
have to put a \hbox{} before, like in the following example:

% beginning of document

\hbox{}

\vskip5in

hallo

\end

% end of document

.  Otherwise, if I simply do:

% beginning of document

\vskip5in

hallo

\end

% end of document

, the \vskip has no effect.  Is it possibile to avoid that ugly trick, and how?

Thanks for any help,

Rodolfo