Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Its not her fault, she just doesn't know better

Leading is the amount of space between lines of text.
Letting is an act of giving permission.

When dealing with print and page layout, you may hear the term "leading" tossed about. Simply, leading is the amount of space between two lines of text. So if you are using a 10 point font, and you want it to be readable, you'll generally want a 12 point leading, which allows enough white space around the text so that readers don't have trouble reading.

Different programs handle leading differently, and most programs will set up the leading automatically so that the user doesn't have to think about it.

But I wish someone would explain that to my boss. I rarely complain about her. She gives me assignments, and doesn't micromanage them. In general, we have a good working relationship.

It seems that somehow, maybe over the weekend, maybe sometime over the last month, someone told her about Leading. Only they didn't spell it out for her, and so, now, on almost every page of this 80 page document, she has written Letting, asking me to check the space between paragraphs.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Keglavithcher Rav said...

Mazel Tov you hit 100

November 16, 2005 5:25 PM  
Blogger torontopearl said...

This so reminds me of a departmental meeting we had last month. Someone from a different department gave our group a talk about our company's book products, using PowerPoint to make her points about ease of reading on the eyes due to spacing and different typographical fonts. She talked about "leading", but all her visuals showed "letting"! How could anyone in production take her seriously?
Does your boss perhaps moonlight for our company?

November 16, 2005 10:46 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Did anyone tell her she was making a mistake?

November 17, 2005 11:14 AM  
Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

a little learning is a dangerous thing

November 17, 2005 11:37 AM  
Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

"Did anyone tell her she was making a mistake?"

What? And ruin all the fun??

November 17, 2005 11:37 AM  
Blogger torontopearl said...

Nobody in our department did, but inside we were seething about the error. Perhaps a manager mentioned something afterwards, or perhaps not...and she's continuing to go through life aware of "letting" not "leading" in typographical context.

November 17, 2005 3:55 PM  
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