Recipe 1.13 Setting the Indent in the First Line of a Paragraph
to place an indent in
the first line of each paragraph, turning the paragraphs shown in
Figure 1-25 to the paragraphs shown in Figure 1-26.
Figure 1-25. The default rendering of the paragraphs
Figure 1-26. The paragraphs with first lines indented
Use the text-indent
property to create the indent:
margin: 0 0 0.5em 0;
The text-indent property can take absolute and
relative length units as well as percentages. If you use percentages,
the percentage refers to the element's width and not
the total width of the page. In other words, if the indent is set to
35% of a paragraph that is set to a width of 200 pixels, the width of
the indent is 70 pixels.
The CSS 2.1 specification for more on the
text-indent property at http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/text.html#propdef-text-indent.