For a book contribution, I have been sent formatting instruction as MS
Word screenshots, which I am "translating" to Latex. Most parameters are
quite straigthforward, but the interline space isn't. I am supposed to use
11pt at single space. But what is single spacing in MS Word (in point or
big points, I mean)? I found an official Microsoft document which says
that, starting with MS Word 2007, single line has been increased to "1.15
lines" from the previous standard of "1.0 lines". But it does not define
what a "line" is (see text copied below), although the text implies it is
not the font's x-height.
I do have a camera ready sample pdf I was sent, but I do not have a
typographer's ruler, so I am proceeding by trial and error. I tried 1 line
= 12pt (as in the 11/12 rather common spacing), t/f single spacing =
12*1.15=13.8 pt. But it is too wide, whereas 11pt*1.15 is too narrow.
has anyone ever faced this issue?
------------from the Microsft Word blog:
But, of course the line spacing in the new template *is* single spacing.
It's just that it's a little bit "more" than single spacing used to be:
1.15, instead of 1.0. But what is 1.0? You might think that if you're using
an 11-point font that line spacing of 1.0 would be 11 points. But if you
lay out paragraphs that way – depending on the font you're using – the
parts that stick below one line will crash into the parts that stick up
from the line below. You need to allow *some *extra space between lines. In
a former life when I set type on a Compugraphic phototypesetting machine,
the convention we used was about 20% extra space, so we'd set 10-point type
on a 12-point line. Larger fonts demanded more breathing room. This was at
a newspaper, so we spaced things a bit tighter than you'd expect to see in,
say, a report or a brochure (or, dare I say… a *professional looking *
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