As far as I see \baselineskip and \lineskip are fixed lengths and don't have any plus/minus-es, but the distance between lines yet depends on the page. Even after the \raggedbottom command TeX still could make the interline distance shorter at 100% filled pages and larger at end-of-document or end-of-chapter pages (\newpage'd or so on). Is there any glue responsible for interline spacing or any command to make it non-expandable and non-compressed ever?

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    Please always supply a complete small document that demonstrates the problem. \baselineskip and \lineskip are both skip rather than dimen so they could potentially have plus/minus components. Perhaps some macro is (re) setting them in your context, impossible to say given no information. – David Carlisle May 21 '13 at 11:48
  • This (tug.org/TUGboat/tb28-1/tb88bazargan.pdf ) might be of some help. – Steven B. Segletes May 21 '13 at 11:49
  • I'm really, really sorry. I tried to make a short example as @DavidCarlisle suggested and saw it was not interline glue but a glue of \trivlist environment used many times indirectly. – Nick May 21 '13 at 12:42
  • No harm done, thanks for letting us know:-) – David Carlisle May 21 '13 at 12:44
  • @StevenB.Segletes, thank you for article, at last I've understood what \lineskiplimit is. – Nick May 21 '13 at 12:45

there are several factors other than \baselineskip and \lineskip that can affect the distance between baselines over whole pages.

  • \parskip is often defined with stretch, so the bottom of a paragraph can be farther from the bottom of the first line of the next paragraph than the nominal \baselineskip.

  • \lineskip and \lineskiplimit can be applied to add extra space between lines if a line contains a "tall" element, such as a full-size fraction or a matrix.

  • the baselines of a paragraph aren't "frozen" until the end of a paragraph. however, tex takes an "invisible" paragraph break before display math, and if the type size of the display is changed from the default (usually by making it smaller), the baseline value of the changed size can be applied to the preceding text, (usually) causing the lines in that (partial) paragraph to be closer together than the default baseline value. (many people don't even notice this, but it does cause the overall page to look "funny", and with some experience, one can learn to identify it at a glance.

  • quotations and footnotes are often set in a size different from that of the main text, with the consequence of different baselines. if it's important that baselines be uniform throughout, special measures must be taken.

  • in the "ordinary" tex model, display math does not even try to maintain uniform baselines. the tugboat article by kaveh bazergan (mentioned in a comment by Steven Segletes) addresses the matter of how to adhere to a grid that conforms to uniform baselines.

  • many document classes (at least the ones with which i'm familiar) do not change the page length when a size option (e.g. [12pt]) is applied to the \documentclass, so the number of lines placed on the page will not be an exact multiple of \baselineskip plus \topskip. in turn, this requires stretch between paragraphs or in display math to achieve \flushbottom.

there may be more. if i think of any such conditions, i'll add them to this list.

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