Date: prev next · Thread: first prev next last
2012 Archives by date, by thread · List index

On 8/2/2012 8:13 AM, Dan wrote:
Andrew Brager wrote:
On 8/2/2012 6:17 AM, Regina Henschel wrote:

Aligning baselines are not done by inserting a line, but by using the feature "Register

Kind regards

I have in fact wondered what "Register true" was for, thanks for that info.

The question that next comes up in my mind is, does anyone know where in the world did a "name" like that come from? If it were me naming that feature I would of called it
something like... "Align Baselines".

Is there a story or reason behind it? If it's not a good one, I vote for changing the name, because in 6 months or a year I'll have forgotten what it does (chances are slim I'll ever have to use that feature but still). I'm a big fan of naming things after their
functions if and when it makes sense to do so.

Thank you in advance.

Use LO's help to search for this term. It answers your question. Hint, it has to do with how newspapers have been printed.


"Register-true is a typography term that is used in printing. This term refers to the congruent imprint of the lines within a type area on the front and the back side of book pages, newspaper pages and magazine pages. The register-true feature make these pages easier to read by preventing gray shadows from shining through between the lines of text. The register-true term also refers to lines in adjacent text columns that are of the same height.

When you define a paragraph, Paragraph Style, or a Page Style as register-true, the base lines of the affected characters are aligned to a vertical page grid, regardless of font size or of the presence of graphics. If you want, you can specify the setting for this grid as a Page Style property."

True to traditional Unix man-page form, it makes perfect sense - once you read somebody else's explanation somewhere else as to what it means. Failing that, re-reading it a few dozen times very slowly helps a bit. I still vote for "Align Baselines" and damn the people still using the Gutenberg press.

For unsubscribe instructions e-mail to:
Posting guidelines + more:
List archive:
All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted


Privacy Policy | Impressum (Legal Info) | Copyright information: Unless otherwise specified, all text and images on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This does not include the source code of LibreOffice, which is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPLv2). "LibreOffice" and "The Document Foundation" are registered trademarks of their corresponding registered owners or are in actual use as trademarks in one or more countries. Their respective logos and icons are also subject to international copyright laws. Use thereof is explained in our trademark policy.