Don't indent the first paragraph

  



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Too wide
A short line (widow), followed by a long indent, can make a hole in the text.






Right
An indent width of one em is large enough. The text hangs together.

A new, indented line tells you that you've come to a break between two paragraphs. The first paragraph doesn’t come after a break. It doesn’t need an indent. Neither does the first after a subheading.
    The last line before a paragraph break may run the full width of the column. An indent at the beginning of the next will mark a paragraph clearly.
    This rule has often been set aside, in newspaper work especially. News stories can change at the last moment before press time. That's not the best time to rearrange a paragraph for the sake of typographic excellence.


        

 

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