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       Andrew, you're referring to post-computers  ;-)

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM, Andrew Brager <> wrote:

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

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

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.

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