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The paragraph (<p>) element represents a paragraph. The exact rendering of this (indentation, leading, etc) is not defined and may be a function of other tags, style sheets etc.

You do not need to use <p> to put white space around heading, list, address or blockquote elements. It is the responsibility of the rendering software to generate that white space. Do not use empty paragraphs.

Typically, paragraphs are surrounded by a small vertical space (of a line or half a line). This is not the case (typically) within address or (ever) within pre elements. With some implementations, normal paragraphs may have a small extra left indent on the first line.


<h1>This Heading Precedes the Paragraph</h1>

<p>This is the text of the first paragraph.
<p>This is the text of the second paragraph. Although you
do not need to start paragraphs on new lines, maintaining
this convention facilitates document maintenance.
<p>This is the text of a third paragraph.

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Parent Section: Body
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