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Find Text Leading from Acrobat PDF

Ever have to recreate a document from an Acrobat PDF? You can find out most everything about the text by using the Object Inspector, except the leading. Well, here's a cheesy way to figure it out. Open the PDF in Illustrator (you just need one page). Release any and all clipping masks. Draw a guide at the baseline of the first line of text, and one on the line below. Now, Option-drag the first line to make a copy, and position it exactly next to the original first line at baseline. Then put a return anywhere in the copied line. Now adjust leading of the copied lines, so that the second line of copy rests on the baseline of the second line of the original. Now you know your leading.

Or you could buy expensive software to find the leading. Your choice.

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X-Rated Placeholders

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X-Rated Placeholders -- A random and amusing anecdote arrived from Russell Aminzade <aminzade@sover.net>:

I had a job recently developing a Web site for an intranet for a division of a Fortune 100 computer company. One of the things they wanted was a page of links to related materials, so I created the "links" pages with some dummy URLs.
Throughout the Web site, I had used the same placeholder for missing information - "http://xxx" for a server, and "xxx.htm" for the missing documents. My assumption was that the browser would simply present an error to users when that link was clicked.
However, Netscape Navigator [and Microsoft Internet Explorer -Adam] is friendly about resolving improper URLs. It went looking for a site called www.xxx.com. Ooops. I got a frantic phone call from the company asking if I knew that I had included links to pornographic sites on my prototype.
The moral of the story: if you must use a placeholder for URLs, include a real, dummy page on your site, and point those URLs to it.

 

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