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Chapter 9. Formatting Characters and Cha... > Starting Paragraphs with a Drop Cap

Starting Paragraphs with a Drop Cap

You can add visual interest to a paragraph by starting it with a drop cap, a large capital letter or first word that is set into a paragraph. The top of the drop cap or word aligns with the top of the first line of the paragraph. Succeeding lines are indented to allow space for the dropped text. Drop caps usually mark the beginnings of key sections or major parts of a document.

If you select a different font for the drop cap, choose one that blends with the rest of the paragraph. Sans serif initial letters should be used with sans serif paragraphs; serif drop caps go well with paragraphs in serif fonts. Alternatively, you may combine an elegant script or cursive drop cap with a paragraph in a serif font. Figures 9.15 and 9.16 illustrate some uses of drop caps.


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