Leaders

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Transcription of leaders (separators within column-formatted lists such as tables of contents)

Leaders are the strings of characters (often dashes, periods, or some other mark of punctuation) which separate items in column-formatted lists such as tables of contents. The length and specific appearance of leaders is seldom of concern to a scholarly reader and unless your project has a particular interest in typography and printing practices, we do not recommend capturing them.

If you do choose to encode leaders and wish to express them as an aspect of the document’s rendition, not by transcribing the characters themselves, you can use the rendition ladder keyword fill. The argument would be the character sequence of which the leader is constituted. This information is captured on the second element in the pair which the leader separates. For instance:

<list>
<label>Chapter 1.</label> <item rend="fill(.)">Concerning some late events...</item>
<list>

If you want to indicate the presence of a leader without specifying the characters being used, you can also use the general argument #leader:

<list>
<label>Chapter 1.</label> <item rend="fill(#leader)">Concerning some late events...</item>
<list>