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Re: What is "line spacing" / "leading"?

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 13:39:17 -0700
Message-ID: <824e742c0808291339w7d271884hd5bb728037c587d7@mail.gmail.com>
To: makoto.ueki@gmail.com
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org

> Name: Makoto Ueki
> Email: makoto.ueki@gmail.com
> Affiliation: JIS Working Group
> Document: W2
> Item Number: Success Criterion 1.4.8
> Part of Item:
> Comment Type: general comment
> Summary of Issue: What is "line spacing" / "leading"?
> Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
> We couldn't understand both "line spacing" and "leading". Could you explain both by using visual examples? There are multiple interpretation in Japan and both are confusing. For "line spacing" / "leading", We guess there would be differences among languages.
> Proposed Change:
> Need visual explanation on what "line spacing" is and what "leading" is. We'll be able to translate them if we see both.

Response from the Working Group
"Line spacing" is the space from the top of one line to the top of the
next line. It is also called "Leading" for historical reasons. It
comes from the old days when type was set by hand. Thin sheets of lead
(the metal) were inserted between lines to adjust their spacing. So we
now call any extra space between lines "leading".

Loretta Guarino Reid, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Gregg Vanderheiden, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Michael Cooper, WCAG WG Staff Contact

On behalf of the WCAG Working Group
Received on Friday, 29 August 2008 20:40:03 UTC

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