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Leading

If I could get one concept across to you in this chapter, I'd want it to be this: don't follow the defaults. By not following default values, you are forced to pay attention to how the type looks, rather than letting the computer do it for you. There is perhaps no better example of why this is important than leading.

Leading (pronounced “ledding”) is the space between lines of type. The name originates from the lead strips or blocks used to add space between lines of metal type. QuarkXPress gives you considerable control over leading values for each paragraph, or it can “fly on automatic,” specifying leading for you.


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