For my thesis, I have \documentclass[twoside]{book} along with \flushbottom to fill the page all the way to the bottom. However, on a number of pages the spacing between paragraphs is too small to my taste. I've tried using \setlength{\parskip}{1em} to force the paragraph spacing, but that obviously breaks \flushbottom. Is there a way to set a minimum parskip, while still allowing \flushbottom to stretch that value if needed?

  • \setlength{\parskip}{1em plus 1em} ? – David Carlisle Feb 7 '18 at 14:16
  • Nifty, I didn't know about that. Thanks – MPA Feb 7 '18 at 14:25

Defining \parskip with some expandable glue (but not contractable) will allow \flushbottom to be satisfied, but prevent the parskip from shrinking too small.

\parskip4pt plus3pt

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