[texhax] Indent first paragraph?

Senthil Kumar M senthil.debian at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 14:22:02 CET 2008

On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 6:38 PM, Robert Wilson <millstadtf at gmail.com> wrote:
> I know you are not supposed to indent the first paragraph of a section, but
> I am unable to find an authority on the subject. So far the best I have
> found is an MIT webpage
> (http://web.mit.edu/answers/latex/formatting/latex_indentfirst.html). Can
> anyone direct me to a style manual? I could not find it in the Chicago
> Manual of Style, and I am trying to settle an argument.

Apparently, Robert Bringhurst recommends not indenting the first
paragraph in his Elements of Typographic Style.

Bringhurst, 1st ed.:

    2.3.1 Set opening paragraphs flush left.

    The function of a paragraph indent is to mark a pause, setting the
paragraph apart from what precedes it. If a paragraph is preceded by a
title or subhead, the indent is superfluous and can therefore be
omitted, as it is here.

Only apply this if there is vertical space in-between the header and
the body text (as in the example I quoted).

I found the above in a similar discussion here (by googling):


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