# How to define the beginning and ending of paragraphs in ConTeXt?

The manner of creating paragraphs in ConTeXt appears to differ from that in LaTeX. In LaTeX, one need only create an empty line between two paragraphs, and paragraphs are automatically created, e.g.:

This is a paragraph.

This is another paragraph.


From looking through the various ConTeXt manuals, including the LaTeX in Proper ConTeXt article, I have only found mention that paragraphs are formed in a different manner, but no mention of how to actually form them. Perhaps such information is regarded as too basic to bother explaining or too simple to appear in any of my searches? Of the limited sample code I have found, most rely on sections to form the boundaries between paragraphs. I have learned of the \crlf command, but this appears more as equal to \\, but I am unclear if it is meant to designate the end and beginning of a new paragraph.

How are paragraphs defined in ConTeXt?

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Are you, by any chance, looking at how to indent paragraphs? \setupindentation[medium,yes]. –  Aditya Sep 19 '12 at 20:35
Specifically, the fact that in LaTeX, environments may provide a \noindent, and this may be overridden by adding an extra blank line after the paragraph to obtain an indent anyway; while ConTeXt is whitespace-agnostic in this, and requires you to use \indentation or setup [indentnext=...]. wiki.contextgarden.net/Indentation The talk of ignored blank lines may have left you thinking that paragraphs are different, but it's indentation, really. –  Esteis Sep 20 '12 at 7:08

Separated by empty lines

This is a paragraph

This is another one


or

Using the \par command

This is a paragraph\par
This is another one\par


or

Using the \startparagraph command

\startparagraph
This is a paragraph
\stopparagraph
\startparagraph
This is another one
\stopparagraph

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Paragraphs can be devided by an empty line or \par. \crlf (carriage return--line feed) is similiar to \cr (carriage return) or the double backslash. They do not create a new paragraph!

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