Underlining in Pages (EDITED hahahaha my bad)

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  1. jonathanlaniado, Sep 4, 2012
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    jonathanlaniado macrumors member

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    Why is it that in some cases the underline in Pages is way too close to the words, and then in other cases, it is perfectly normal? I attached pictures to show you what I mean.
     

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  2. carboncocoa macrumors member

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    It seems like underlining behaves differently, depending on whether it's done in a word processing document (what you're calling normal) or a page layout document (what you're calling screwed up). Maybe reporting it on apple.com/feedback/pages.html will bring it to the iWork team's attention and they'll fix it.

    I would suggest avoiding underlines altogether unless there is a very specific need. Not because I'm suggesting you avoid the bug/problem, but stylistically, they're quite visually abrupt and we have much more visually pleasing options available to us. If you're making a heading, I would make it larger, and choose a contrasting typeface (font) from the body text. If you're making a subheading, the bold version of your body text font is a sure bet.

    For bibliographical information, use italics instead of underlines.

    You might really like the results after experimenting with these suggestions, so give them a try! :)
     
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    I just opened a random document and tried it out, and it looks normal to me, so it has to do with either the font or something else.
     
  4. jonathanlaniado thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried it with another font and again it did not work, so it does not have to do with the font.
     
  5. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    I agree with this statement.

    In APA formatting, both underlining and boldface should be avoided. Underlining is only acceptable is calling out a website URL. Italic is acceptable if it is being used for emphasis or introducing a new term, but only for the first instance. Italic can also be used for the title of books and words that could easily be misread.

    APA formatting is what approximately 90% of high school and college students are taught and use unless specifically advised by their instructor. In my experience, I have only had one instructor mandate the use of the MLA style, where as all others have been the APA style.

    Technical writing is typically an exception to the rules of all writing styles, especially when responding to Request for Proposals (RFPs).
     
  6. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    It probably has something to do with the fact that you are using software that doesn't exist. :p
     
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    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    I did not even catch that.. :p :D
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I was gonna say.......iwork 11 isnt out!
     
  9. carboncocoa macrumors member

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    I did notice, but I was being nice. :p
    I'd LOVE for Apple to release a new version of iWork, building on what we love about it and in classic Apple fashion, adding features and touches to it that make complete sense that we never realized we couldn't live without.

    Side note regarding MLA style: For names of information sources, underlining is really only something you do when you have to write them out by by hand or for whatever reason you're stuck at a typewriter. Thankfully, italic type is preferred when you're using a computer. I wrote many bibliographies in MLA style for academic papers and never underlined.
     
  10. jonathanlaniado thread starter macrumors member

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    Haha I fixed it the title. But I need answers, because I need to actually underline something important in my document and it looks unprofessional like this.

    And I think the most annoying part of all this, is the fact that it gets messed up in the same document.
     
  11. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    What font are you using? I just went through and could not find any way to move the underline. BUT I then went and changed around the fonts and I found about 25% of them have underlining just like the "bad" type.
     
  12. jonathanlaniado thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh wow, now that is a start. However, both of the pictures you see are Helvetica and they are in the same document!!
     
  13. dakwar macrumors 6502

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    I say just use Word and forget all this nonsense. Yeah I don't know why Pages behaves this way.
     
  14. jonathanlaniado thread starter macrumors member

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    I found the fix: Validate your fonts in the Font Book!!!
     
  15. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Word is at the heart of some of the worst formatting offenses in typography today. It is all that I can do not to stick needles in my eyes every time I see open single quotes (‘) used in the place of apostrophes (’).
     
  16. wrosie macrumors member

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    Apa?

    APA = American Psychological Association?
     
  17. dakwar macrumors 6502

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    This used to be true, and bugged me too. It has long been fixed in the newer version of Word. As for other typographical offenses by Word, they may exist but I haven't come across any in a long time and I use Word (and Excel and PowerPoint) many times a week for complex projects.

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    Yep.

    APA is the American Psychological Association.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APA_style

    MLA is the Modern Language Association of America.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MLA_Handbook_for_Writers_of_Research_Papers
     
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