Take the 2-minute tour ×
TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm using the report documentclass, and the paragraph formatting looks something like this with two paragraphs:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nam ac odio est.
Morbi vel turpis ipsum.
    Pellentesque ac ultricies mauris. Vivamus turpis dui, congue a hendrerit
vitae, accumsan  id nulla. Proin laoreet est id est tempor commodo.

However I would like to have:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nam ac odio est.
Morbi vel turpis ipsum.

    Pellentesque ac ultricies mauris. Vivamus turpis dui, congue a hendrerit
vitae, accumsan  id nulla. Proin laoreet est id est tempor commodo.

I have tried the parskip package, which added the spacing between the paragraphs I'm looking for, but it also removed all of the indentations.

share|improve this question
2  
Please, don't; only use the indent. You're spoiling without remedy your pages, particularly if some paragraphs are short. –  egreg May 13 '12 at 16:02
add comment

2 Answers

since \parindent is set only once in the parskip package, this should work:

\newdimen\oldparskip
\setlength{\oldparskip}{\parskip}
\usepackage{parskip}
\setlength{\parskip}{\oldparskip}
share|improve this answer
add comment

There's no need for a package here- you can just set the length of \parskip

\setlength{\parskip}{1cm plus .5cm minus .5cm}

Note that this is an example of TeX's glue, which is a stretchable space. We specify that we would like the paragraph skip to be 1cm, but if TeX would like to change it (for pagination reasons), then it can increase or decrease by up to .5cm

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\setlength{\parskip}{1cm plus .5cm minus .5cm}

\begin{document}
\lipsum
\end{document}
share|improve this answer
    
This will interfere with the other places in which \par is used (these are the places that the parskip package successfully avoids.) –  Alan Munn May 13 '12 at 16:36
    
@AlanMunn I hadn't realized this, thanks for pointing it out. I'll probably delete this answer soon. –  cmhughes May 13 '12 at 18:54
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.