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#lang pollen
(define-meta title "first-line indents")
hanging-topic[(topic-from-metas metas)]{Between one and four times the point size}
A em{first-line indent} is the most common way to signal the start of a new paragraph. The other common way is with xref{space between paragraphs}.
First-line indents and space between paragraphs have the same relationship as belts and suspenders. You only need one to get the job done. Using both is a mistake. If you use a first-line indent on a paragraph, dont use space between. And vice versa.
But use your judgment consider the width of the text block when setting the first-line indent. For instance, narrow text blocks (3 or less) should have first-line indents toward the low end of this range. Wider text blocks should have bigger indents.