# Blank lines in align environment

Is there a way to insert a blank line between two equations in align environment?

From what I understand a blank line is interpreted as \par and \par is not allowed in align. Can I disable this "feature" in align environment?

Reason:

I like my code to be in 80 column format. So when I hit M-q (fill-paragraph) without blank lines, the code looks like this:

\begin{align}
\min \sum_{k \in K} \sum_{(i,j) \in A} c_{ij} x_{ij}^k + \sum_{(i,j)
\in A} f_{ij} y_{ij} \\ \sum_{j \in V_i^+} x_{ij}^k - \sum_{j \in
V_i^-} x_{ji}^k = \begin{cases} d^k & \text{si } i = O(k) \\ -d^k
& \text{si } i = D(k) \\ 0 & \text{sinon} \end{cases} & \quad
\quad \forall i \in V, \; \forall k \in K \\ \sum_{k \in K} x_{ij}^k
\end{align}


\begin{align}
\min \sum_{k \in K} \sum_{(i,j) \in A} c_{ij} x_{ij}^k + \sum_{(i,j)
\in A} f_{ij} y_{ij} \\

\sum_{j \in V_i^+} x_{ij}^k - \sum_{j \in V_i^-} x_{ji}^k
= \begin{cases} d^k & \text{si } i = O(k) \\ -d^k & \text{si } i =
D(k) \\ 0 & \text{sinon} \end{cases} & \quad \quad \forall i \in
V, \; \forall k \in K \\

(i,j) \in A
\end{align}


which is easier (for me) to read and edit.

put a % in those lines and everything will be fine for amsmath and for you

• Or put the "\\" that you already have on the lines that you want to be empty. – Bruno Le Floch Feb 5 '11 at 20:50
• which then also will be numbered ... – user2478 Feb 5 '11 at 20:56
• @Herbert: Maybe you misunderstood Bruno? He means moving the existing "\\", not adding new ones. – Hendrik Vogt Feb 6 '11 at 7:41
• @Bruno: Does this solve the "M-q-problem"? – Hendrik Vogt Feb 6 '11 at 7:43
• @Hendrik: It depends on the editor. If it is emacs, then my solution does not work (I forgot to test), whereas Herbert's works. – Bruno Le Floch Feb 6 '11 at 11:56