{drop-cap} An initial is a letter at the beginning of a paragraph that is larger than the rest of the text. A drop cap is a special kind of initial, but this tag is used for all questions about initials.

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Automatic dropcaps for the first letter of a chapter

I'm in the process of writing a LaTeX style for thesis dissertations, and would like to automatically transform the first word of a chapter to dropcaps. This is trivial to do manually using the ...