Body Text


Body text is the term for the text forming the main content of a book, magazine, web page or other printed matter. This is as a contrast to both the headings on each page, and also the pages of front matter that form the introduction to a book.

Body text has two slightly different meanings, depending on context. A book designer, concerned with the overall sequence of a book, regards it as those pages that form the majority of a book, containing the body of text or body matter. A typesetter concerned instead with text's layout on a page sees 'body text' as being those sections of the main text that are flowed into columns or justified as paragraphs, distinct from the headings and any pictures that are floated out of the main body.

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