This is a follow-up question on this thread.

I want to mark a line by putting a star to the left of it. If the line contains a box that is tall, the marker should be aligned with the top of this box, not the bottom. How to align something to the top of the tallest box of a line?

MWE (edited):


\strut\vadjust{\vbox to 0pt{

\setlength{\parskip}{6pt plus 1pt minus 3pt}

Some text \marker\rule{1cm}{5em} some more text, all \newline in the same paragraph.  A paragraph, where\newline \rule{1cm}{2em} \marker some lines are marked with a star\newline that should be aligned with the tallest box of the line.

Compile this to see the problem: the stars should be aligned with the top of the black rectangles.

Edit: I changed the MWE to describe the problem in a more accurate way. A \par break and skipping back up to the old line does, unfortunately, not solve the problem.

  • Will the tall box always be the first or only thing on the line, or could there be text prior to/following the tall box? Jan 4, 2014 at 14:20
  • Actually, now that I think of it, if there is a tall box in the line, it will most often be right behind the star. Ideally, I would like the solution to work whereever the tall box is on the line. But a solution that handles the case of a box right behind the star would help a lot at the moment!
    – MunHo
    Jan 4, 2014 at 14:32

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  • 2
    +1 for not removing the charmingly cryptic ingen indentering av nya exempel comment from the code :-)
    – Mico
    Jan 3, 2014 at 22:27
  • It looks promising, but I also have \setlength{\parskip}{6pt plus 1pt minus 3pt} in the code, so \nointerlineskip does not work. Sorry, missed to erase the comment!
    – MunHo
    Jan 3, 2014 at 23:00
  • @MunHo change \par to \par\nobreak\vskip-\parskip Jan 3, 2014 at 23:55
  • It certainly works in the MWE, but in my document I get a Dimension too large error every new page when I add \nobreak\vskip-\parskip (and, contrary to the MWE, a vertical space is inserted between the star and the ensuing text). Without posting the whole of my code, I don't know how to exemplify this problem. Is there any other way to raise the star to the top of the tallest box of the line, without a issuing a new paragraph? Very grateful for your help, indeed!
    – MunHo
    Jan 4, 2014 at 9:20
  • I realised that a par break is not possible in my setting, see edited question. Is it not possible to access the height of the tallest box of the present line somehow?
    – MunHo
    Jan 5, 2014 at 10:25

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