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86 Chapter 22. Character Formatting In this chapter, we begin to consider the kinds of formatting which can be applied to text, and how that is done in InDesign. This chapter focuses on character-level formatting, including selecting such things as typeface, font size, type styling attributes, and so on. One big difference between the programs: InDesign and PageMaker treat leading as a character attribute, rather than as a para- graph attribute, as XPress does. Fortunately, we'll tell you about a preference that can change that. Selecting Text for Formatting As with many other functions, InDesign gives you more flexibility than PageMaker and QuarkXPress in how you select text for formatting. Besides the obvious method of using the Type tool to select a range of text in a text frame, you can also: · Use the Selection tool to select one or more unlinked text frames. Formatting applies to all the text in the selected frames. This can be a very quick way of selecting several small text frames --captions, for example--and formatting them all at the same time. · In addition, character attributes can be copied with the Eyedropper tool and applied to other type. You can choose which attributes are copied. We discuss this in Chapter 38. Basic Character Formatting We'll start by considering the text attributes you probably change the most often: typeface, font size, and leading. Typeface InDesign lists fonts in the Character palette (see Figure 22-1), the Control palette and the Type menu. InDesign creates its own hierarchical font menus based on font family, so the order of your fonts in the list may be different than you expect.