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Spacing after paragraph

Feb 1, 2013 5:41 AM

Tags: #paragraph_spacing #space_after #parapraph_styles

Hi all,


I am creating a long document and I want all the headings at the top of the page to have a space after (I know...this is easy to do). The issue I have is that I want the body text following these headings to start at the same position on every page and this cannot be achieved using the space after/space before feature as the headings vary in line lenghth from 1 up to 4 lines.


If all the headings have the same number of lines the space after would be fine and all thebody text under the heading will fall on the same location but because the headings vary in length the position of the body text will be pushed down.


The only solution I can think of is to have the headings in a separate text box and flow the text but I feel there will be an easier way to achieve this using styles.


Can anyone help?

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    Feb 1, 2013 5:47 AM   in reply to AyodejiA

    Use a fixed 'space after' value for all headings, but change the

    'baseline shift' setting according to the number of lines in the heading.



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    Feb 1, 2013 6:46 AM   in reply to AyodejiA

    Why not define a baseline grid and have the body text snap to it? The baseline grid could be set relative to top margin, yet be further down the page. This would leave the Headline style to occupy the upper part of the page in 1-4 lines.

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    Feb 1, 2013 9:18 AM   in reply to Michael Witherell

    Seems like that has potential problems when the top of the column is body text, not a heading, though, unless youuse a differnt style for the first paragraph after a heading.


    You might also consider setting up multiple heading styles with differnt sapce after for each number of lines in the heading, but that has distinct disadvantages, too.

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