# [texhax] learning tex vs latex

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Fri Oct 30 19:23:10 CET 2009

Pierre MacKay wrote:

> Stretchable vertical glue (which traditionalists will deplore as
> "carding" or even more despicable, "feathering") has some legitimate
> uses, and it is a relief to have the option when it is really needed,
> but it has to be used rarely, and usually with apologies and promises
> not to do it again.

Agreed (and with the earlier points as well, omitted for brevity);
but that is really a fault of \bigskipamount rather than \bigskip
per se.  Both are problematic, but for different reasons.

* Phil.