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Old 07-21-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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Indenting first line of paragraph

I'm authoring in Word, using Sigil for epub, using Calibre, and reading in a Kindle. In the original .doc file, I'm indenting using a tab to the default 0.5 inch tab setting. In the Kindle, the first lines are usually indented nine spaces, but sometimes are indented an additional space. What is the best practice for indenting the first line? Set the tab manually at 0.25? Add three spaces manually?

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Old 07-22-2013, 12:01 AM   #2
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The standard advice is NOT to use spaces / tabs for formatting, but rather to use word styles to effect the desired layout.

Assuming that all of your paragraphs are formatted using a Word Normal style, just edit that style to change the Indentation to have a first line indent of a value you are happy with.
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In addition, for epubs, i would not recommend a fixed indent (in inches or points). I would use a value that scales when the user changes the font size. A quarter inch indent might look fine with very small fonts, but it will look almost nonexistent with a larger font. One value I use, which looks good to me, is 1.2em - or 1.2 times the height of the font. YMMV.

In CSS:
p {text-indent:1.2em}

Having said all that, some reading devices will completely override the indent that you choose and replace it with their own... The better devices will allow the user to set it to their liking.

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Old 07-22-2013, 04:16 AM   #4
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Agreed - use an indent in ems so it scales with the text (I use 1em, but that's just personal preference).
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