I'm trying to change the indentation settings on my latex documents. ATM, every paragraph is indented by default. I would fill the space of the indentation with a symbol, e.g. a fleuron.

Obviously, starting each paragraph with

**Symbol** Lorem ipsum...

can be an idea, but I'm looking for a more automatic solution, if it's not too hard to implement. I'm using the style Classicthesis by André Miede, I don't know if this can affect the possible solution in some way.

Thanks for your time, Nigredo

  • I assume you are not writing a thesis but, even so, why do you want to do this? – cfr Feb 8 '14 at 2:05
  • No, it's not for a thesis. I use classicthesis, with some ad hoc changes, for almost everything since for me is a very well balanced template, from a typographical point of view. I was trying to set up a book in an old fashioned way, so I'd use fleurons as I described above. – Nigredo Feb 8 '14 at 18:43

You could use \everypar. See section 16.2 of TeX by Topic for details.

This is a paragraph.

This is another paragraph.


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  • Although I note your example doesn't include \section{this is a section} :-) – David Carlisle Feb 7 '14 at 16:45
  • @DavidCarlisle --- I didn't know that \section changed \everypar. No doubt there are a few other things as well. – Ian Thompson Feb 7 '14 at 16:49
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    section does change it (to suppress the indentation following) but the main problem is that it _doesn_t change it for the heading itself which is internally a paragraph. latex lists change \everypar all over the place as well (and almost every display environment is a list:-). It's still the right answer, probably, but the user needs to be aware:-) – David Carlisle Feb 7 '14 at 16:52
  • Yep, there are two problems I noticed: 1. \everypar{} must be declared every time a new section starts. 2. \everypar{} indents the first line of the section too. – Nigredo Feb 7 '14 at 17:02

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