InDesign Question: Leader dots uneven spacing

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JDawnInk
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Posted Thu Aug 2, 2012 8:35AM

I've had this issue with the dot spacing after the last character being uneven. Does anyone know how to get the dots to have even spacing after the letters. In this example I used a Paragraph Style and included a leader dot on the flush right tab. This is not a case of an extra space after the characters, nor any other tabs or space, in the example I've provided you'll see where the invisibles are revealed to show this. Any help would be appreciated, we are stumped at the office here...lol


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mtngigi
Posted Thu Aug 2, 2012 9:14PM

I think I've experienced this as well. I believe it's a combination of the font used, and the actual letterform itself. The way I got around it sometimes was to add a space, and then hightlight that space and play with the tracking, usually using numbers you wouldn't ordinarily use, like -600.  The font can make a huge difference. I just tried myself, and going from Helvetica to Minion really changes that spacing.


You might want also want to post this question on InDesign Secrets ... there's some real ID gurus on that site:


http://indesignsecrets.com/


If you get better help than what I've suggested, please share. It's frustrating when things don't line up!
Whiteway
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Posted Fri Aug 3, 2012 12:18AM
I think mtnigi has it pretty well nailed. You will see the same effect at the right-hand edge of the leader dots. I imagine the effect might be less with an evenly-spaced font such as Courier?

This might help, but you have clearly identified a weakness in InDesign.
kellyfar
Posted Fri Aug 3, 2012 5:12PM
You need to turn on optical margin alignment. In Indesign, highlight the affected text, select Type, Story from the menu bar, enable Optical Margin Alignment in the resulting dialogue box and fine tune as needed.


 

(Edited on 2012-08-03 17:12:32 by kellyfar)
JDawnInk
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Posted Thu Aug 9, 2012 8:53AM
Thank you for all your help! All great suggestions! The document I'm working with is challked full of leader dots. l will also have to create a french version - it would take far too long to make manual adjustments and when I attempted to manually adjust I still couldn't make consistent spaces. After some 'Google research' I found a clue as to why InDesign does this. InDesign automatically aligns the leader dots vertically in relation to lines above and below.  I explained to my client that it simply can't be done and pointed out the alignment of the leader dots was more important then the beginning and end spacing. They have accepted that answer (gladly!). So as a result of all of this research and feedback...perhaps it is better to have the dots line up vertically for easy reading, rather than worry about those troublesome uneven spaces? I'm not sure...
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