Paragraph group

This group is enabled for block type elements (i.e. all except Inline). It controls the paragraph layout at the beginning of the element. There are three basic layouts:

  • Normal paragraph — starts a new paragraph with no special handling.

  • Bind to previous paragraph — ensure that the first paragraph in this block begins on the same page (or in a multi-column layout, in the same column) as the end of the previous paragraph. For example, you would set this option to keep the first item of a list with an immediately preceding caption or title paragraph.

    See also Limitations – Paragraphs.

  • Consolidate space above — whenever paragraphs are being vertically spread to fill a page, the excess space will be distributed above paragraphs with this option set in equal proportions. Useful for spacing out headings in preference to normal paragraphs. Blocks that start a new page type cannot use this option.

    [Note] Note

    The maximum amount of space that can be distributed in this way is controlled by the <page-properties> command.

In addition, there are two options that can be selected with any of the above:

  • Disable merge with previous — forces the element to begin a new paragraph, even if the previous element has requested a merge. Blocks that start a new page type, a box, or a horizontal rule always have this property.

  • Bind element content — forces the content of the element to be held together as an unbreakable unit (i.e. without page or column breaks). If the content cannot fit into a single column, this option will be overridden and a run-time warning issued.