I'm a bit confused about how to specify vertical whitespace. The following document works:

\setuphead[subsection]   [after={\blank[2*line]}]



\input tufte

\input tufte


But why can't I use \setupwhitespace[2*line], and neither \blank[0.5*line]? Both result in an error. Meanwhile, \setupwhitespace[5cm] doesn't seem to have an effect.

What I'm actually trying to achieve is having the vertical spacing between paragraphs (and subsections) 0.5*line, or if that's not possible some specific centimeters.

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  • Thanks, halfline works. But what about, say 0.1*line? Pasting \installwhitespacemethod \v!pointoneline {\s_spac_whitespace_parskip.1\baselineskip} gives an error.
    – mb21
    Aug 17, 2013 at 19:49
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    Enclose the installwhitespace line in \starttexcode … \stoptexcode and replace \v!pointoneline with {pointoneline}.
    – Marco
    Aug 17, 2013 at 23:27
  • okay, seems I'm starting to figure it out (feel free to edit my answer below). So the only missing case would be: 0.1*line spacing after a subsection. Is that possible as well?
    – mb21
    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:26
  • \setuphead[section][style=\tfc, before={\blank[line]}, after={\blank[none]}]
    – mb21
    Feb 2, 2014 at 15:05

1 Answer 1


A clean way, which doesn't require low level TeX is to use the measure mechanism. A dimension is defined using \definemeasure, the value can be retrieved with \measure.




  \startsubsection [title=Title]
    \input knuth



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