Happy Thursday! The term for today is LEADING.
In today’s terms, leading is a typographic term that refers to the space between the baselines of successive lines of type. If you’ve ever used a program like InDesign, you’re probably familiar with the ways that these programs let you minutely adjust the spacing between the lines of text that you set.
This term has its roots in letterpress. Before words became digital, the way this spacing was achieved was by physically adding strips of lead, called leading, in between the set lines of metal type. See up top there? That’s leading. It comes in various widths, and a handful of this particular kind of empty space can be quite heavy. Leading is related to readibility; too much or too little white space between lines of type can affect how easily the reader can read long passages of your text.
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