E.4 @firstparagraphindent: Indenting After Headings

As you can see in the present manual, the first paragraph in any section is not indented by default. Typographically, indentation is a paragraph separator, which means that it is unnecessary when a new section begins. This indentation is controlled with the @firstparagraphindent command:

@firstparagraphindent word

The first paragraph after a heading is indented according to the value of word:


Prevents the first paragraph from being indented (default). This option is ignored by makeinfo if @paragraphindent asis is in effect.


Include normal paragraph indentation. This respects the paragraph indentation set by a @paragraphindent command (see @paragraphindent: Controlling Paragraph Indentation).

@firstparagraphindent is ignored for HTML and DocBook output.

It is best to write the @firstparagraphindent command before the end-of-header line at the beginning of a Texinfo file, so the region formatting commands indent paragraphs as specified. See Start of Header.