Does the sentence fragment after the simulated pagebreak (the horizontal rule) have a specific term associated with it?

     The start of a new paragraph includes an indent as shown here. Following the page-break that occurs hereabouts

the next line does not have an indent because it is part of the paragraph previously indented and not the beginning of a new paragraph. In HTML markup the single Paragraph element is split into two distinct Paragraph elements because the page Division is a parent container and each Paragraph may have one parent. A text-indent style is applied to all Paragraph elements by default and must be overridden by a named class applied to each fragment of the given type. I had been using the class name 'continuance' and then shortened that to 'c9e' for 'c' + 9 letters + 'e'. Is there a better (appropriate) name for this?

  • The typographical term widow is related, although it generally only applies when the last line or two of a paragraph is left dangling on the page. Commented May 30, 2013 at 19:07
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    It is usually referred to as the continuation of the sentence.
    – Matt
    Commented May 30, 2013 at 19:07
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    @BraddSzonye Yes: a single word or line which goes over the page break and appears on its own at the top of a page is called an orphan.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented May 30, 2013 at 19:08
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    Also, FYI, in typography, paragraphs don't usually begin with an indent.
    – Matt
    Commented May 30, 2013 at 19:08
  • Apologies -- I initially misunderstood your question and improperly voted to close it. Commented May 30, 2013 at 21:50

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I don't know of any word used specifically for the continuation of a sentence or paragraph on a new page, though the more general term continuation works. In newspaper publishing, if an article starts on page 1 and continues on page 8 of the same edition, then page 8 is called a jump page: that's not what you're seeking but is thematically related, and if you're naming a CSS class, jump may be to your liking.

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