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I am completely new to TeX and would like to create a document building on the ACM Guidelines. Papers I've seen using these guidelines such as "Driven by Food: Modeling Geographic Choice" have a small indent when they want to mark a new part of the paragraph. In Word I would create this indent using Tab. How do I do that in TeX? I would like to do it using some sort of "correct" indent width that all articles following the guidelines use.

  • This is, unless I'm woefully mistaken, actually the default LaTeX behaviour?? Have you, perhaps, got a template that loads \usepackage[parfill]{parskip} or something like that? – Au101 Jul 1 '15 at 0:16
  • The ACM document class should come with documentation for any non-standard macros. Also check out the quoting package. – John Kormylo Jul 1 '15 at 2:45
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the paper you cite uses the "alternate" guidelines. (the other format leaves space between paragraphs, and sets the first line of the new paragraph flush left.)

to indicate a paragraph break, all you need to do is leave a blank line before starting a new paragraph, or enter the command \par. i usually recommend the blank line, because it makes the input file easier to navigate visually.

the indentation will be inserted automatically.

  • Thank you, I completely missed that. Based on the text in the call for papers I would assume that both styles were usable ("Papers must be formatted according to ACM guidelines and style files to fit within 10 pages, including references, diagrams, and appendices if any. A submitted paper must be self-contained and in English."). However, I've only seen examples of the stricter style. Is there some sort of unformal norm about using the stricter styler with the permission/copyright? I'm also curious as to why the "normal" guidelines omit the permission block and copyright line. – pir Jul 1 '15 at 15:38
  • @felbo -- not being an acm author, i'm afraid i can't give any useful answer regarding acm preferences. (all i can claim, since i do write documentation and answer questions for ams authors, is that i've learned to read and interpret the documentation provided by other publishers.) – barbara beeton Jul 1 '15 at 16:01

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