Dear Webby: Leading versus Kerning in text 

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Thanks to Sandie for this story: The generation gap proved glaringly obvious at the mail-order music company where my wife works as a customer service representative. Some college students, who were working part-time inputting customer information, wrote the following notes regarding some golden oldies: "Customer is looking for two song titles: 'Shovel Off Two Buffaloes' and 'Honey, Suck a Rose.'"
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One evening a family brings their frail, elderly mother to a nursing home and leaves her, hoping she will be well cared for. The next morning, the nurses bathe her, feed her a tasty breakfast, and set her in a chair at a window overlooking a lovely flower garden. She seems OK, but after a while she slowly starts to lean over sideways in her chair. Two attentive nurses immediately rush up to catch her and straighten her up. Again she seems OK, but after a while she starts to tilt to the other side. The nurses rush back and once more bring her back upright. This goes on all morning. Later the family arrives to see how the old woman is adjusting to her new home. "So Ma, how is it here? Are they treating you all right?" they ask. "It's pretty nice," she replies. "Except they won't let you fart."
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to Jocelyn Addison, 19; Nia McBrayer, 21; and Jenniffer Watson, 18 in in Bedford Heights, Ohio Robbers printed out armed robbery blueprint from Internet DECEMBER 12--After a trio of Ohio women was busted earlier this week following a botched robbery attempt, cops searched the group's getaway car and discovered printed instructions downloaded from the Internet that detailed "How To Commit Armed Robbery In Six Easy Steps." The seized instructions, a copy of which you'll find at ... uide1.html were printed Monday morning at 10:16, about 11 hours before the women sought to hold up the Dollar Tree store in Bedford Heights. When a manager claimed that she could not open the store safe, the alleged robbers--Jocelyn Addison, 19; Nia McBrayer, 21; and Jenniffer Watson, 18--departed empty-handed. Though the downloaded list was clearly written tongue-in-cheek, the suspects, who had masks, a plan, and a bb gun, apparently followed some of its suggestions. According to a December 8 Bedford Police Department report, Addison, McBrayer, and Watson were apprehended in a vehicle about a mile from the convenience store. Each woman was charged with robbery.
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From the Tech Support Pits: From: Barb Re: Leading and kerning text Dear Webby I know if anybody can explain this in terms I can understand, it's you. Can you please tell me the difference between leading and kerning and what it is all about? Thanks Barb Dear Barb Those terms come the days when books and newspapers were printed with moveable type. Each character was a little steel block, and the type setter stuffed them into "U" channels. For easier readability, they stuffed lead strips between the channels. Leading refers to the space between lines. It does not zoom the fonts. Kerning comes from the same time. To deal with words like MINILAVAT and get a reasonably even appearance without it looking like a character had fallen out of a line channel, they put notches at the top or bottom sides of some characters, and corners sticking out on the top or bottom sides of others.For example, the "I" had corners sticking out both top and bottom, on both sides, to give it more elbow room. The "L" had two corners on the left, a notch on the top right and a corner at the bottom right. Kerning eliminated manual horizontal leading and speeded up typesetting tremendously. Nowadays, the corners and notches are built into the fonts and the better word processors take care of that. Microsoft Office doesn't by default, Open Office uses kerning by default since version 2.2. In graphics programs you can increase and decrease kerning. Usually that is only used in logos and banners, when you want to stretch or shorten a line to match the other lines. Have FUN! DearWebby

A recent bride called her mother one evening in tears. "Oh, Mom, I tried to make Grandmother's meat loaf for dinner tonight, and it's just awful! I followed the recipe exactly, and I know I have the recipe right because it's the one you gave me. But it just didn't come out right, and I'm so upset. I wanted this to be so special for George because he loves meat loaf. What could have gone wrong?" Her mother replied soothingly, "Well, dear, let's go through the recipe. You read it out loud and tell me exactly what you did at each step, and together we'll figure it out." "OK," the bride sniffled. "Well, it starts out, ' Take fifty cents worth of ground beef . . . '"

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My sister Tammy went through knee surgery a few weeks ago. I called her to see how she was doing. My nephew Bryan answered the phone. "Hello?" he whispered. "Hey, B, how's your mama?" "She's sleeping," he whispered again. "She go back to the doctor for a checkup?" "Yeah. She got some medicine," he said softly. "She's doing ok." "All right. Don't wake her up. Just tell her I called. What are you doing, by the way?" Again, softly, "Practicing on my drums."
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