Text Structure: Overview

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An outline view of the topics covered within the discussion of text structure

This section on textual structure discusses the high-level structures of the text, and those features which are common to most textual genres. We include here a description of how to represent the large chunks into which texts are typically divided, and how to encode the basic building blocks: lists, headings, quotations, letters, and so forth. Use the outline below for navigation, or have a look at the example, in which all of the elements shown are links to discussions of how they are used.

Text structure: overview

Subdividing the text with div

What’s inside a div?

Other major text components

Specific prose genres

Issues and challenges