A textual unit or block; a textual paragraph


This element does not have to be a well-formed paragraph as defined in high school English class, i.e., “a block of text representing a single idea, typographically differentiated from its neighbors”. Rather, the element <p> is a block (as opposed to inline) structural unit which may be only a few words in length.


content-type Type of Content
id Identifier
xml:lang Language

Model Information

Content Model

<!ELEMENT  p            (#PCDATA %p-elements;)*                      >


Any combination of:

This element may be contained in:

<abstract> Abstract; <ack> Acknowledgments; <annotation> Annotation; <app> Appendix; <app-group> Appendix Matter; <author-comment> Author Comment; <bio> Biography; <body> Body of the Book; <boxed-text> Boxed Text; <caption> Caption of a Figure, Table, Etc.; <def> Definition List: Definition; <disp-quote> Quote, Displayed; <fig> Figure; <fn> Footnote; <gloss-group> Glossary Group; <glossary> Glossary Elements List; <license> License Information; <list-item> List Item; <note> Note in a Reference List; <notes> Notes; <ref-list> Reference List (Bibliographic); <sec> Section; <speech> Speech; <statement> Statement, Formal; <supplementary-material> Supplementary Material; <table-wrap-foot> Table Wrapper Footer; <trans-abstract> Translated Abstract

Tagged Example

<title>About this book</title>
<sec sec-type="miscinfo">
<title>The NCBI Handbook</title>
<p>Bioinformatics consists of a computational approach 
to biomedical information management and analysis. It is 
being used increasingly as a component of research within 
both academic and industrial settings and is becoming 
integrated into both undergraduate and postgraduate 
curricula. The new generation of biology graduates is 
emerging with experience in using bioinformatics resources 
and, in some cases, programming skills.</p>