What would be the best configuration of spacing of elements (lines, paragraphs, section titles, lists, list items, ...) in document (such as official report, thesis)?

The criteria are:

  1. Perception of the document

  2. Long-time reading quality

  3. International standards of scientific documents

I suppose all this sizes should be proportional to the font size.

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    Short comment: (La/Xe/pdf/Lua)TeX does this basically all out of the box, because that are the reasons it was designed: to keep reading quality, provide means for (scientific) documents and appealing look/perception. Tuning here and there is possible...
    – user31729
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 18:19
  • This is one of the reasons why I use LaTeX. Spacing among the different elements are not my concern, it just works out of teh box.
    – Argo
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 18:49

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I wouldn't normally answer only with pointers elsewhere, but you've asked a question it takes books to answer -- sorry.

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