# How to avoid \parskip being applied to \listoffigures etc.?

Follow-up question of Why are \listof{}{} and \listoffigures styled differently?...

With the issue mentioned above I finally managed to design my \listof{}{} and \listoffigures as desired but one issue remains unsolved: How to avoid global settings for my document like \setlength{\parskip}{3mm} being applied to list of figures, list of tables, etc.?

MWE: Uncommenting \setlength{\parskip}{3mm} affects the \listoffigures but not the \listof{algo}{List of Algorithms}.

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,twoside,openright]{report}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{float}
\newfloat{algo}{tbp}{loa}[chapter]
%  \setlength{\parskip}{3mm}
%  \setlength{\parindent}{3mm}
\frenchspacing
\sloppy
\usepackage{etoolbox}
\makeatletter
\patchcmd{\@chapter}%
{\typeout{*** SUCCESS ***}}{\typeout{*** FAIL ***}}
\makeatother

\begin{document}
\listoffigures
\listof{algo}{List of Algorithms}

\chapter{foo}
\begin{figure}
\centering
\rule{1cm}{1cm}
\caption{A figure}
\end{figure}
\begin{algo}
(algo)
\caption{An algorithm}
\end{algo}
\begin{figure}
\centering
\rule{1cm}{1cm}
\caption{Another figure}
\end{figure}
\begin{algo}
(algo)
\caption{Another algorithm}
\end{algo}

\chapter{bar}
\begin{figure}
\centering
\rule{1cm}{1cm}
\caption{Yet another figure}
\end{figure}
\begin{algo}
(algo)
\caption{Yet another algorithm}
\end{algo}

\end{document}

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You shouldn't be setting \parskip to a rigid value, to begin with and probably using the parskip package is better. Just enclose the lists in a group where you set the parskip to zero.

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,twoside,openright]{report}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{float}
\newfloat{algo}{tbp}{loa}[chapter]

\usepackage{parskip}

\frenchspacing

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\makeatletter
\patchcmd{\@chapter}
{}{}
\makeatother

\begin{document}
\begingroup\setlength{\parskip}{0pt plus .1pt}
\listoffigures
\listof{algo}{List of Algorithms}
\endgroup

\chapter{foo}
...


I would never use a nonzero parskip and a nonzero indentation (to be honest I'd never use a nonzero parskip). Also declaring \sloppy for the whole document is asking for poor typography even when TeX could do better.

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thanks, that's exactly what i was looking for. –  vertoe Jun 5 '12 at 10:21