Paragraph text

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The main text of books, magazines and the like (mostly set as running text ) is called paragraph text or text body .

Differentiation from other text elements

The paragraph text does not include, for example:

In the vast majority of texts, the paragraph text is in the form of continuous text; therefore this term is sometimes used to mean “paragraph text”. But that is not entirely correct: body text describes the break of multi-line paragraphs ; a verse epic (for example Germany. A Winter Tale by Heinrich Heine ) contains the paragraph text but in line form and not as running text.

Typographic design

The paragraph text and its subject matter, style, scope etc. essentially determine the choice of the appropriate font family . The priority here is good legibility . In the then selected font, the so-called body type , often base font and rarely amount Scriptures , also known as minor parts of the text such as footnotes are set, but often in a slightly smaller font size . The same font is often chosen for headings as for the paragraph text, but larger and emphasized, for example with bold or italic font . Alternatively, a significantly different font family can be selected for headings, usually in the form of grotesque headings to antiqua volume text.


  • Stephan Füssel, Helmut Hiller: Dictionary of the book . Vittorio Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 2006, ISBN 3-465-03495-3 .
  • Erhardt D. Stiebner, Walter Leonhard: Handbook of writing. Bruckmann, Munich 1977.
  • Albert Ernst: Interaction: text content and typographic design. Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2005.

Web links

  • Book Making Glossary . Books Wiki (under “continuous text”: “paragraph text”), ed. December 16, 2006; Retrieved February 28, 2012

Individual evidence

  1. See Albert Ernst: Interaction: text content and typographic design . Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2005, p. 267 and passim.
  2. Erhardt D. Stiebner, Walter Leonhard: Handbuch der Schrift , Bruckmann, Munich 1977, p. 132.