[reportlab-users] Paragraph "Hack"

Tim Roberts timr at probo.com
Tue Oct 21 12:56:12 EDT 2008

Henning von Bargen wrote:

> I noticed the same effect.


> On another (but similar) topic, I'd like to mention that the "leading" attribute

> in the Paragraph implementation differs from its usual meaning:

> According to Wikipedia, in type-setting, "leading" is the inter-line distance

> (such that line_height = ascent + descent + leading),

> whereas in ReportLab, "leading" is the same as line_height, AFAIK.


In physical typesetting, this is true. The name comes from the slugs of
lead that were inserted between rows of type.

However, in desktop publishing, "leading" has always referred to the
baseline-to-baseline distance. QuarkXPress uses this meaning, and it is
as close to definitive as one can get in this industry.

Tim Roberts, timr at probo.com
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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