If \section is followed by a \subsection, should there be nothing in between?

2.1 The art of the bla

some text

2.1.1 The details of bla


2.1.2 Further details of bla


Is "some text" allowed there? What's considered "best practice" in TeX ?

(I know from some uni theses guides, "some text" would not be considered good practice). Also, does the dot of the previous sentence belong inside or outside the closing bracket?

closed as off topic by jub0bs, mafp, egreg, Mensch, Werner Apr 15 '13 at 14:22

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    This has nothing to do with TeX, but only with writing style. In general I'd suggest to explain the subject of the section before starting to develop it in subsections. – egreg Apr 15 '13 at 14:02
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    Perhaps Graphics Design would be a better place to ask for this? – Mensch Apr 15 '13 at 14:16

This is a matter of taste... I personally add some text (a short introduction/overview of what comes) there. In the case of a \chapter{} followed immediately by a \section{} I'm not so sure, I've seen books that I like doing it both ways. When I write I place something in between (chapter introduction, at least).

[As you can see, I hate headings following one another with nothing in between. I'm not aware of guidelines one way or the other, so I'm eagerly awaiting the comments/autoritative answers tearing this one to shreds...]


There's no technical reason to disallow text inbetween.

Everything else is a matter of personal preferences (or by some given guidelines).

Personally, I don't like "empty" structure elements. Text between \section and the first of several \subsection's should, IMHO, give some "abstract" of the whole section. Same holds for the beginning of a \chapter followed by several sections.

Also, I think, that there shouldn't be single "sub-levels": A part should have either none or more than one chapter. A chapter either none or more than one sections. A section either none or more than one subsections.

These are, by the way, also the common guidelines by most Wikipedia's.

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    As Foo Bar and @vonbrand says, nothing technical is said about this, but I also prefer to but some kind of text in between. – Svend Tveskæg Apr 15 '13 at 14:05

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