# BeamerArticle and \\

I am trying to use beamer and beamerarticle to generate slides and accompanying notes. I noticed that the latex command \\ to start a new paragraph does not seem to work in the beamerarticle mode. Here is a minimal reproducible example. You will notice on compilation to pdf, that both sentences are printed on the same line. Any thoughts on why this is happening, and if there is a way to overcome this behavior?

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{beamerarticle}

\begin{document}

\frame{\frametitle{Some Slide}
\noindent this is good \\ this is bad
}

\end{document}

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Use \par\noindent instead of \\ . – Peter Grill Feb 8 '12 at 18:08
the problem is that i am using a module that generates \\ by default. i tried using \renewcommand{\\}{\par\noindent} in the preamble, but that does not seem to work. any thoughts? – Ramnath Feb 8 '12 at 18:11
I don't think you can use \renewcommand on \\ . It will probably need some catcode trickery to be changed, which is not something I am that familiar with. – Peter Grill Feb 8 '12 at 18:14
@Peter: You don't need catcode trickery to redefine one-symbol commands like \; or \\  or \!. The \renewcommand should work if it is issued after loading the beamerarticle package. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 8 '12 at 18:19
@UlrikeFischer: Yep, you are right, it just works. I should have tried it first instead of assuming it won't work. You should post that as an answer then. – Peter Grill Feb 8 '12 at 18:22

New paragraphs are not started with \\. Use an empty line or \par instead.
Beside this: The behaviour of \\ is explained in the beameruserguide. In my version in section 21.2.1 on page 208. You must use \\<all> if you want a line break also in article mode.
that works. but the issue now is how do i consistently replace all \\ with \\<all>. i can use some regular expressions to do the replacement, but would prefer a latex solution. – Ramnath Feb 8 '12 at 18:17
@Ramnath: Well I think you should correct your sources. Using \\  as paragraph break is simply bad style (and can lead to paragraphs which are many pages long and difficult to typeset). – Ulrike Fischer Feb 8 '12 at 18:28
@UlrikeFischer The decision to introduce \\<all> is documented but it's not really standard. It has caught me on several cases. @Ramnath Using \ is not only bad stylen, but it may not lead to a proper paragraph break. For example, you may not get an indentation for the next paragraph if the current document class requires/implements this. – Marc van Dongen Feb 8 '12 at 22:49