I'm using a working template containing this line below and am wondering what unit is used? I'd expect at least e.g. 3.18pt to be necessary.

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    \baselineskip is already a "length" and contains the units inside it! If you use something else like a number or a variable that is a number you HAVE to include the units too inside the \vspace command as you expect. PS:You can print its value by using the command \the\baselineskip – koleygr Jul 15 at 12:07

The control sequence \baselineskip in that context denotes “whatever value is currently stored in the parameter \baselineskip”.

Internally this is just a number, but it's convenient to think it as expressed in unit pt.

So you are asking TeX to multiply that length by the factor 3.18; if \baselineskip happens to be 12pt, the result will be a vertical space of 38.16pt.

  • In conclusion I understood if only a digit is used, pt is the (default) unit, is that correct? Grepping through the complete file didn't reveal any baselineskip <> pt relation – AikenCura Jul 15 at 13:46
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    @AikenCura No, pt is not implied as a default: \baselineskip refers to a length and it's immaterial if it is stored in points, millimeters or yards. You're just multiplying that length by 3.18. – egreg Jul 15 at 14:02

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