WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF LISTS: the Top Ten this, the 100 greatest that, 12-step programs, 50 ways to leave your lover, etc. Tabs and tables are invaluable tools when it comes to working with anything list-likefrom a simple bullet list to a complex financial table. In this chapter we'll look first at tabs and some of their common uses, and then take a look at InDesign's robust and versatile table formatting features.
Tabs are for positioning a piece of text in a specified place on the line. They are used to create bullet or numbered lists, reply forms, or for aligning numbers on a decimal point. Tabs can also be used to separate columns of information into a table-like layout. However, these days it's usually easier to use an InDesign table to do this.
Tabs come in several flavors: left, center, right, and decimal or special-character tabs.
Figure 12.1. The Tabs Palette Cmd+Shift+T (Ctrl+Shift+T)
Part I: Character Formats
Going with the Flow
Getting the Lead Out
Kern, Baby, Kern
Sweating the Small Stuff: Special Characters, White Space, and Glyphs
OpenType: The New Frontier in Font Technology
Part II: Paragraph Formats
Aligning Your Type
Paragraph Indents and Spacing
First Impressions: Creating Great Opening Paragraphs
Dont Fear the Hyphen
Mastering Tabs and Tables
Part III: Styles
Stylin with Paragraph and Character Styles
Part IV: Page Layout
Setting Up Your Document
Everything in Its Right Place: Using Grids
Text Wraps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly