Leader (typography)

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A leader in typography is a series of characters, usually lines of dots or dashes, that are used as a visual aid to connect items on a page that might be separated by considerable horizontal distance. Leader (typography)_sentence_0

For example, dot leaders are often used in tables of contents to connect section headings with the page numbers on which those sections begin. Leader (typography)_sentence_1

Most word processing software includes a feature for the automatic generation of dot leaders. Leader (typography)_sentence_2

This word is pronounced /ˈlidər/ LEED-ər, the same as the everyday word "leader" (person who leads), unlike the typographical term leading (/ˈlɛdɪŋ/ LED-ing), which refers to the use of the metal lead. Leader (typography)_sentence_3

Unicode Leader (typography)_section_0

Although manual dot leaders are most often represented as a series of full stop characters, there are at least three Unicode characters dedicated to the representation of dot leaders. Leader (typography)_sentence_4

These are U+2024 ONE DOT LEADER (․), U+2025 TWO DOT LEADER (‥), and U+2026 HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS (…), a three dot leader. Leader (typography)_sentence_5


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