In books, magazines and newspapers paragraphs vary in
layout. An opening paragraph may may have its first
letter much larger than the others; a theme-break
paragraph may have white space separating it from the
previous, with the first letters or words
hightlighted; an ordinary paragraph will just start a
new line with indent.
We have no way of showing this in DocBook, although -
with the possible exception of the opening para - the
formatting change does reflect content in a way that
mark-up might need to represent.
I suggest something like:
where TB (thematic break) is of course optional and is
assumed as '3' or 'normal' if absent. Note this is not
new; the W3C CSS styles for HTML already
Roy Gardiner firstname.lastname@example.org