Preface and Preamble

In UN documents, we use PREAMBLE for text like 'The Conference of the Parties, Recognizing X, Appreciative of Y, etc' before the first paragraph or heading (see below for an exception).

We haven't yet found a use for PREFACE.

See https://edit.laws.africa/documents/4863/ for an example of a body that doesn't start at a heading or numbered paragraph.

Hierarchical structure

Within the main body and in Schedules, content is often grouped under headings.

In legislation, the most common groupings are Chapters and Parts.

For UN documents, which often don't specify what these headings are called, we use Divisions and Subdivisions.

The most common grouping of content is numbered paragraphs.

Keywords most commonly used






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