Rubric (press)

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Psalm prayers with red headings, the rubrics

In the publishing industry, rubrics are fixed structures in a daily newspaper , weekly newspaper or magazine , in the form of a book with its own headline . These are uniformly designed and mostly have a fixed place within the publication, which is particularly helpful for the reader.

The word heading comes via Latin (terra) rubrica (red earth, red chalk , red ocher , red dye such as red lead , red ink written headline) and rubricare (rotmachen, red coloring, categorize) of ruber " red " and originally referred to the written red Description of a rite in the missal and other liturgical books of the Church. These instructions tell the liturgist when to sign the cross or when to squat, when to spread his arms or raise the host , etc. The texts to be spoken, on the other hand, are written in black.

Based on this, the rubric also designated headings that were written in red font and the red initials of medieval manuscripts. They were used for decoration and for structuring the text ( rubricing ).

The term was later transferred to the title of a law or other documents and the heading of sections of a book. A distinction is made between main, subsidiary and sub-headings.

In recent times the meaning of the word has expanded to include the section itself. Therefore, rubric today generally means something like “section”, “department”. The headings in the advertising section of a newspaper are well known , they are also called collectives in the publishing industry and can expand into special supplements.

Rubric is also a topic category in documentation .

A rubric , mirror or half- script is also the duplicate of a written submission with the receipt stamp of the court, which remains with the handover as evidence of the submission in the event of personal delivery.


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  4. ↑ Practice page Jus, briefs