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The Paragraph Formatting Dialog - Rules Above and Below

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The Rules page of the paragraph formatting page control is used to specify if a rule or shading should appear above or below each paragraph's text, and corresponds exactly to the Paragraph Attributes dialog of QuarkXPress.


In this topic we will concentrate on the differences between the Rules page in the Q++Studio page control and the same page in the QuarkXPress dialog.


The measurements are specified using the powerful Quark Measurements Editors which can save you a lot of time when setting up a GridTemplate. If you are not familiar with the properties of these edit controls, click on their link to learn more about them.

All measurements, except for Width and Shade, are in millimeters, by default, unless you have specified another type of measurement units in the BookFormat Preferences.

The Offset setting can be specified in either percentage (%) or millimeters, but you can only specify negative values using the millimeters setting (this is a QuarkXPress limitation).

When using either From Left or From Right, be aware that to the values you specify, will be added the Text Inset value specified, for the textbox that contains the current paragraph (this is a textbox setting, not a paragraph setting).

If the Length option is set to Text, then negative values will be allowed for From Left and From Right. Q++Studio does not know the dimensions of the textbox to which these attributes will be applied, therefore it cannot check if the values you have entered are correct (for example, right indent).

The 2 Length options Indents and Column are generally the same, except in cases when there is a temporary margin due to an indent here character.

Length set to INDENTS on the left and to COLUMN on the right

Length set to INDENTS on the left and to COLUMN on the right


The Offset property behaves differently depending on the units used. If you use millimeters or inches, then the distance is calculated from the baseline of the text, while a value entered in % will be displayed starting from the descent of the text (ie. from the lowest point). This means, as shown below, that a rule below using an offset of 0mm (or 0 in) is not the same as a rule below using an offset of 0%.

The list of colors that appears in the Color combo box is the list of colors contained in the scanned template of the corresponding property.

Beginning with build 16861, the various styles of dashes and stripes that you may have created in your template, will be available to select in the Styles drop-down combo.


Note that each this page can be set to use the same corresponding attributes as those of the original token, by un-checking one or more of the Rule above or Rule below check-boxes.