I have the following code and maybe someone can tell me which line of code is delivering the indentation of the first line on every paragraph?


\pagenumbering{gobble} %no page number

\title{My Paper Title}
\titleheader{2016 IEEE 24th International Requirements Engineering Conference}

\author{\IEEEauthorblockN{M.Sc. John Doe}
\IEEEauthorblockA{Department of Economic Computer Science\\Economic Computer Science\\
University of California\\
California, USA 04103-04358\\
Email: John.Dow@university-xx.com}}
%#################DOCUMENTS STARTS HERE #########################
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    It's normal typographic practice. – egreg Jan 5 '17 at 23:51
  • Sorry for the wrong code formatting. I found out my problem. When I have a line of block code e.t. 4 lines, then I have to make a return and then the next first line of the paragraph makes an indentation. I didn't do this return and that was my problem. – maxmin Jan 6 '17 at 0:05
  • Don't forget that \par produces a new paragraph. – Sigur Jan 6 '17 at 0:17
  • This is standard in LaTeX. See also this question for a quick solution to remove all indentation. – Karlo Jan 6 '17 at 0:17
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    ...and nearly every class sticks to that. (adding to @egreg's comment) btw: In standard LaTeX the format defines it: \parindent=20pt (c.f. latex.ltx). – Ruben Jan 6 '17 at 0:17

None of the lines of code in your document are at fault here, since this is an implicit feature of paragraph text in TeX, unless specifically set by a package or class - each paragraph has an accompanying indent, called a paragraph indent, the length of which is set within \parindent.

Paragraph indentation is meant to indicate the start of a (new) paragraph and separate it stylistically from the previous paragraph. Another way of separating paragraphs stylistically would be to set a paragraph skip (the length of which is stored in \parskip). There's rarely a need for both, so either one or the other is used.

You'll note that the first paragraph after a sectional title is typically not indented, since the style of the two units of text adequately distinguishes them from one another.

Since this may be stylistic in nature, some people don't like it. You could get rid of it by setting \parindent to 0pt in your preamble:


or a little better:

\usepackage{parskip}% Zero \parindent and non-zero \parskip.
                    % The stretchable glue in \parskip helps LaTeX in 
                    % finding the best place for page breaks.

As an example, consider the following:

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\section{A section}

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  • Under article, the default \parindent is 15pt. This may be different for other document classes.

  • No indent of the first paragraph is needed, since the distinction between typographical units are obvious, in addition to the space between them.

  • Without a paragraph indent, the break between paragraphs four and five might not be as visible, since the line ends very full:

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  • article does have a non-zero \parskip in the sense that it provides some glue to stretch content by at most 1pt if the need arises, based on other vertical content within the page.

Relevant references:

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