Label offset

A label is a semi-independent fragment at the start of a paragraph. A common example is the bullet, number or letter at the start of a list item, but numbered headings also often have the number set as a label. On word processors a label is often separated from the body of the paragraph by a Tab.

In TopLeaf there are two types of blocks that possess labels, and for which this group is enabled:

  • a List-Item block that generates its own label

  • a Label block that allows the document to define an explicit label.

The label offset Size is a measure, always positive, of the distance between the start of the label and the start of the first line of text. The larger this value, the further to the left of the paragraph the label is placed. The label offset is purely relative (to the start of the first line of the main text), and has no effect on the setting of the body of the paragraph. However, changes to either the Left margin or the First/Left indent will cause the label to shift to maintain its separation from the start of the first line.

The default offset is 1.5 picas, which implies that the label begins a quarter inch before the main text. See “Examples: Margins, indents and offsets” for examples of how margins, indents and offsets affect paragraph setting.

[Warning] Warning

If the offset is large enough to force the label off to the left of the column, then the label will commence at the column boundary. If the label is so wide that it would extend into the body of the text, then the First/Left indent is increased to maintain a minimal gap between the label and the text of the first line only. Try adjusting the minimum gap between the label and the body of the paragraph if the gap appears wider than expected.