A4 page size

Subject: A4 page size
From: Mark Levinson <mark -at- CRABAPPLE -dot- BITNET>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 1994 17:15:36 IDT

How is it that these different page sizes evolved?
How did it come about that the U.S. has one paper standard and Europe another?

** This is another case in which the US has declined to go metric.
The A0 page is exactly 1 square meter in area. Cut in half crosswise
it is two A1 pages, half an A1 is an A2, etc. etc.

The ratio of length to width in these paper sizes is a magical ratio
that is preserved each time the area is halved crosswise. It results
in a skinny shape that Americans find quite ugly compared to the huskier
US letter size. (It's something cultural. I can't get enthusiastic
about the skinny buildings of Amsterdam, either.)

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