What you’re describing sounds a little like a baseline grid, but maybe someone else has a better answer?
My experience w/baseline grids is in InDesign, so not sure how applicable it is in your case … in ID, though, you'd set a baseline grid to start as high up or low on the page as you like, and then set the contents of your text boxes to snap (or not!) to the grid. This would mean that, even if a text box is placed higher than the start of the grid but is set to snap, its first line will still automatically align to the first line of the grid.
In the scenario you’ve described, you’d simply set your header copy in one text block that doesn’t snap, and your body copy in another box that does snap.
Of course, this wouldn't necessarily be the best way to do things in InDesign; you may already know this, so forgive me if this is basic info, but baseline grids are primarily used to make sure type in adjacent columns of text aligns to the same baseline. I haven’t really used baseline grids to enforce vertical alignment settings, as that seems easier to do with margins, styles and positioning of elements on a master page. But maybe the term itself is what you’re looking for?
PS I love the Stammtisch idea. :-)
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> On Aug 31, 2018, at 4.51 pm, Christina Thiele <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> My God :-) We need a Stammtisch somewhere in
> the middle ... which is Manitoba ...
> I always liked that idea -- a Stammtisch,
> where you just go to the pub/cafe and there'll
> always be someone else there in the group ...
> Not a terribly workable idea for us, though ...
> Oh well ... back to typography.
> Say -- as a sort-of tangent to this thread ...
> is there a technical term for what I'm
> describing? Where there's a fixed space
> allocated for the titleblock, which means
> that the text always starts at a fixed/set
> height on the page.
> Sure would be handy ... look at all that
> On 31/08/18 07:27 PM, Gary Munch wrote:
>> I’m still in the U.S. of What the Hey?
>> Great to see from you all!
>> — Gary
>>> On Aug 31, 2018, at 6:06 PM, Roy Preston <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> On 31 Aug 2018, at 21:25, Don Wilkes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> >>I'm from the Ottawa end of the GWN ...
>>>> Then there are at least three of us left here...I'm in Victoria.
>>> Make that four ;)
>>> Me? I’m in the UK.
>>> Roy P