Did you try setting it up with n-dashes instead of m? Because they're
smaller, you may get a smoother line because they can adjust to the
length in smaller increments...


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On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 10:56 PM, Michael Kerrisk
<michael.kerrisk at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hi Art, Les, and all,
>
> Winfried off list also pointed out to me how the way to use em-dash or
> en-dash here.
>
> This solution is nearly good enough, There is one small problem: the
> resulting leader does not quite begin at the left margin. I suppose
> that this is because a whole number of dashes doesn't exactly fit to
> the flow width, so there is a little space left over at the start of
> the line. I found a solution for this, but it is not optimal: place a
> stretched em-dash at the start of the line (i.e., before the tab that
> creates the leader). I say that this is not optimal because it will
> require additional manual work, and there are hundreds of cases. Is
> there a better way of ensuring that the leader starts flush with the
> left margin?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Michael
>
>
> On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 4:16 PM, Art Campbell <art.campbell at gmail.com> 
> wrote:
>> On FM 8, I can set an m-dash as the leading character for a right tab
>> by inserting it in text and copy-and-pasting it into the Leading
>> character field (or use Lester's character string). If the m-dashes
>> don't connect, it'll be more complicated, but not bad. On the Font tab
>> for the paragraph, set the spread to -20% to eliminate the gaps.
>>
>> This creates a problem though -- it'll also squish the text characters.
>>
>> To fix this, create a new character tag that has all properties set to
>> As Is except the Spread -- which you leave at 0. Apply it to the text
>> in your leading tag, and it should revert the text to normal
>> appearance. You may be able to automate this using the Autonumbering
>> tab to set the character tag -- I didn't test that part of it.
>>
>> Art
>>
>> Art Campbell
>> ? ? ? ? ? ? ? art.campbell at gmail.com
>> ?"... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52
>> Vincent and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson
>> ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?No disclaimers apply.
>> ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? DoD 358
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 3:05 AM, Michael Kerrisk
>> <michael.kerrisk at googlemail.com> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> I have a simple question (I think). I Would like to create a visual
>>> effect (that will be repeatedly used) where a some text on a line is
>>> tabbed to the right margin, and preceded by an unbroken line that sits
>>> at the mid-level of the characters in the text. Roughly it would look
>>> like this:
>>>
>>> ?------------------------------------------ mytext
>>>
>>> where the final "t" falls at the right margin. The idea is that the
>>> line should be unbroken (unlike my ASCII line above), as one might get
>>> by splicing together a series of en- or em-dashes.
>>>
>>> I can get something close to this effect using a Right Tab, and
>>> specifying the leader character as underscore (_):
>>>
>>> ?________________________ mytext
>>>
>>> But the problem is that the line falls at the bottom on the
>>> characters, when I want it in the middle.
>>>
>>> I don't seem to be able to specify an en- or em-dash as the leader
>>> character for the tab. But perhaps I missed something. Is this
>>> possible (and will it produce the result I want)? Failing that, is
>>> there another way of achieving the kind of effect I'm describing?
>>>
>>> I am using FrameMaker 7.2. (If what I'm wanting to do is possible only
>>> in a later version of FrameMaker, that would be interesting to know.)
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Michael
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