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#lang pollen
(define-meta title "space above and below")
hanging-topic[(topic-from-metas metas)]{Elegant emphasis}
If you hadn't figured it out yet, I'm a big fan of white space. On the outside edge of the page (see xref{page margins}). Between capital letters (see xref{letterspacing}). Within table cells (see xref{tables}). Between paragraphs (see xref{space between paragraphs}).
And now, above and below a xref{heading}, as a form of emphasis. To show you what I mean, let me ask you something. u{strong{em{DO YOU FIND THIS TO BE AN INVITING FORM OF EMPHASIS?}}}
Or do you prefer this?
Well, there you have it.
Space above and below works on the page for the same reason a dramatic pause works when you're talking. You draw a listener's attention through em{contrast}. Loudness is an effective form of contrast. But so is silence.
Likewise with the written word. Formatting tools like xref{point size}, xref{color}, and xref{bold or italic} have a role to play. But careless typographers mate them indiscriminately, breeding noise. Space above and below gives you emphasis without adding a single mark to the page.