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Line length

Uneven look
Descenders and ascenders in the two middle lines make them seem too close to each other.

Even look
The two middle lines have been moved apart.

The distance between lines is called leading; printers used strips of lead to add space between lines. Linespace is measured from baseline to baseline, and this causes problems. What we see is far more important than what we measure, and what we see is the strip of white space between the lines. Here's an example.
    Take out a few business cards and look at them. They usually have separate lines for the street, the city, and the telephone number. The line with the phone number usually looks too close to the line above it. This is because numerals are higher than lower case letters and take up more of the white space between the lines. A line with a lot of numerals, or capitals, often needs extra leading.



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