InDesignSecrets Podcast 127

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  • All About Leading
    • Leading-related Preference settings
    • When to use Auto-Leading and when not to
    • Baseline grid and leading, First line offset and leading, and more!
  • Quizzler! Ladies and Germs, man your InDesign tools
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Use Master Color
  • InDesignSecretsLive Seminars: San Francisco & Chicago in June; LA, DC, Denver, and more in the fall!

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3 Comments on “InDesignSecrets Podcast 127

  1. David, you describe “Leading” as the distance from the baseline to the line above, or the amount of space where the text sits.

    I have always struggled with this definition. Leading is a term that came from ancient days of the printing press. It technically refers to the amount of added vertical space (or lead) between the lines of text.

    I have always felt that InDesign uses this term inappropriately in that when it says 14 pt type with default leading, it is 16.8. They are using the term the way you describe it, but not the way it was historically used. It would actually be 14pt type with 2.8 pt of lead between.

    Just throwing this out for discussion.


  2. @Kirk: You are absolutely correct, but there are all kinds of terms from the good ol’ days that have changed in this new-fangled world. For example, a point is no longer 72.27 points per inch. It’s just 72. Throw away the old metal rulers. Similarly, today, no software specs leading in “space between slugs of type.” Oh well.

  3. Thanks David,

    I did find one thing very helpful with this podcast. I finally figured out after 15 years why the last line of type gets different leading. (ID and Pagemaker before it)

    Used to drive me crazy, but seems to happen less and less in ID, or maybe as I get better and picking the size correctly to begin with. But still happens occasionally, I now know how to fix it.



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