I am formatting a facing-page translation using reledmac/reledpar and I am seeing occasional (apparently random) extra blank lines in mid-paragraph where there is no break in the source text. You can see this in the example at line 15 on the left-hand page and between 12R and 13R on the right-hand page.

Example of extra blank lines

(edit) This is the output of \showputput around the word "Ybor" towards the end of line 12R on the right-hand side.

....\EU1/antpoltlt(0)/m/n/10 Ybor,
....\penalty 10000
.....\hbox(4.55615+0.0786)x10.30273, shifted -3.62892
......\EU1/Junicode(0)/m/n/7 237
....\kern -0.00005
....\kern 0.00005
....\glue 2.95622 plus 1.84763 minus 0.78831
....\EU1/antpoltlt(0)/m/n/10 the
....\glue(\rightskip) 0.0
...\glue(\baselineskip) 9.5018

There is also a problem in that there is an extra blank line after the first line of every section (on both sides), although this looks like less than one \baselineskip.

Before I start stripping everything back to the bare metal for an MWE, has anyone seen this before, or got pointers to where I might start looking?

I am using XeTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-0.99992 (TeX Live 2015/Debian) (preloaded format=xelatex 2018.8.15) under Linux Mint 18.3 with reledmac 2016/02/27 v2.8.2 and reledpar 2016/03/06 v2.7.1

  • \showoutput then the log would show what the space is, (eg parskip or lineskip or baselineskip etc) – David Carlisle Sep 24 '18 at 7:57
  • from your image I would guess the superscript citation macros are doing something.... – David Carlisle Sep 24 '18 at 7:58
  • without MWE, it is difficul to say. But did you try with newest version of reledmac/reledpar. Maybe one bug has ben correct. – Maïeul Sep 24 '18 at 8:23
  • Thanks for reminding me about \showoutput. I'll edit this in above. I suspected the superscripts, but I'll check again. Today: try new versions, if that doesn't break other dependencies. – Peter Flynn Sep 24 '18 at 8:44
  • That superscript on p.271 line 12R is just a plain \footnote{238}; removing it fixed the problem, so the error must be in reledpar as I don't redefine \footnote anywhere, However, updating reledmac and reledpar to the CTAN latest breaks on other dependencies in xparse, so I'll need to find another way round as I don't want to screw with the Ubuntu TL distro. – Peter Flynn Sep 24 '18 at 21:01

Fixed. The setspace package, which I had been using to compensate for the Junicode typeface having a much smaller set than Antykwa Torunska, was somehow interfering in the footnote mechanism. Remove the package reference and annul the spacing changes, and the bogus lines go away.

I have not found out what it is in setspace.sty that causes this, but it may be a silent conflict in internal macros.

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  • That might be a very valuable finding. I have once in a while really strange effects of empty lines and I use setspace. I'll test. – Keks Dose Sep 26 '18 at 9:27

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