# Title page line spacing

I have a simple problem but I didn't manage to find any answer for it. In my title page, I just used

\title{Name of the title}


then

\hrule height 0,1cm \leavevmode \\[0,5cm]
{\Huge{\textbf{\@title}}}\\[0,5cm]
\hrule height 0,1cm \leavevmode \\[0,5cm]


to print the title of my document. But it takes more than 3 lines on the PDF file, and I have a different spacing between the 1st and 2nd line compared to the 2nd and 3rd, which is a bit frustrating.

Anyone got an idea of why ?

• Welcome to TeX SX! Could you post a minimal (and compilable) working example? – Bernard May 16 '16 at 13:08
• Word of advice, don't even use those line. Your title is enough to get attention, it won't need those line to further attract possible readers. – Johannes_B May 16 '16 at 13:12
• Please post your MWE meta.tex.stackexchange.com/q/3343/90087 – A Feldman May 16 '16 at 13:16
• May i ask where the original snippet is coming from? Maybe they want to improve their stuff. – Johannes_B May 16 '16 at 14:04

You gotta use paragraphs, not line breaks.

They guy who invented that dreadful rule business put that on wikibooks and it lives on. Better use no lines at all.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{showframe}
\begin{document}
\hrule height 0,1cm \leavevmode \\[0,5cm]
{\Huge\textbf{ The incredible journey of Walter~Wombat }}\\[0,5cm]
\hrule height 0,1cm \leavevmode \\[0,5cm]

%Output of the screenshot
\begin{center}
\rule{\textwidth}{.4pt}\par
{\huge\bfseries The incredible journey of Walter~Wombat \par}
\rule{\textwidth}{.4pt}\par
\bigbreak
{\Large Carl Capybara\par}
\end{center}
\end{document}


• That is what I was looking for. For what is the showframe package, though ? – Quentin May 16 '16 at 13:35
• @Quentin Showing the frame of the text block. My title with your method is faulty and sticks into the margin. When stuff like that happens, something's dodgy. – Johannes_B May 16 '16 at 13:37
• i'd be inclined to "tie" Walter~Wombat to avoid the ungraceful splitting of a proper name. – barbara beeton Aug 7 '16 at 16:54
• @barbarabeeton Very good point, edited. – Johannes_B Aug 7 '16 at 17:01
• uh, please take a look at what you've got there -- two code instances of the title, but the title only appears once. i'm confused. – barbara beeton Aug 7 '16 at 19:14

I find a 1mm thick rule is too heavy. Anyhow, you can use \hrule so the spacing is better controlled. The trick is that TeX doesn't insert interline glue around \hrule

Add \vspace*{-\topskip} if you want the top rule to start from at the very beginning of the type block.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{showframe}
\begin{document}

\begin{center}
\vspace*{-\topskip}
\Huge\bfseries
\hrule height 1mm

\vspace{1ex}

The incredible journey of Walter Wombat

\vspace{1ex}

\hrule height 1mm
\end{center}
\end{document}