Yep, they've captured the term all right. Some programs still use the term "linespacing" to mean the distance from one baseline to the next (filemaker, appleworks). But "leading" has been forever fouled by quark, et al. Just like a point isn't really 1/72 of an inch before the computers came along and wrecked all those old pica poles :) PB Jay wrote: > > >> The help says it gives the sum of the Ascending, Leading and Descending. > >> > >> What the hell are those exactly...I figured it -was- the height of the > >> largest glyph in the font. > >> > The term "leading" originally referred to the thickness of the divider > (made of lead) placed between rows of type when setting type by hand. > (Yes, I've done this.) In most computer applications it has been > redefined as the distance from one baseline to the next, which is what > you are looking for. > > Apps like Quark XPress usually let you specify a default leading as a > proportion of the font size. If it's set to add 10%, then a line of 10-pt > type would be positioned 11 pts below the previous line, and 15-pt type > would be placed at 16.5 pts below the last. > > e-e > =J= a y > "