In typography, leading ( /ˈlɛdɪŋ/) refers to the distance between the baselines of successive lines of type. The term originated in the days of hand-typesetting, when thin strips of lead were inserted into the formes to increase the vertical distance between lines of type. The term is still used in modern page layout software such as QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign.
In consumer-oriented word processing software, this concept is usually referred to as "line spacing" or "interline spacing."
Famous quotes containing the word leading:
“It is sometimes called the City of Magnificent Distances, but it might with greater propriety be termed the City of Magnificent Intentions.... Spacious avenues, that begin in nothing, and lead nowhere; streets, mile-long, that only want houses, roads, and inhabitants; public buildings that need but a public to be complete; and ornaments of great thoroughfares, which only lack great thoroughfares to ornamentare its leading features.”
—Charles Dickens (18121870)
“Everywhereall over Africa and South America ... you see these suburbs springing up. They represent the optimum of what people want. Theres a certain sort of logic leading towards these immaculate suburbs. And theyre terrifying, because they are the death of the soul.... This is the prison this planet is being turned into.”
—J.G. (James Graham)
“Skepticism is always a back road leading to some credo or other.”
—Mason Cooley (b. 1927)