Many people know this, but many also don’t: the default “auto” setting for leading in QuarkXPress and most other applications is 120% the size of the text.
So, 10 pt text gets 12 pts of leading, 12 pt text gets 14.4 pts of leading, and so on.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.