Re: Optimal Page Sizes

Subject: Re: Optimal Page Sizes
From: David Somers <dmps -at- EURONET -dot- NL>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 20:06:32 +-100

My personal preference is for 7 1/2 by 9, and I've designed a number of =
books in this size.
If you really want to stick to an ISO standard size, you could always =
use B5 (7 x 9 7/8).
FWIW, regarding the other favorite A sizes, I find A4 just too big, and =
A5 just too small to be useful for books (others feel free to agree or =

And having decided on you corporate page size, don't forget to get a =
profesional designer in to come up with the ideal typographic =
specification for your text [and yes, I am available for such work ;-) ]

David Somers
dmps -at- euronet -dot- nl

From: GFHayhoe -at- AOL -dot- COM[SMTP:GFHayhoe -at- AOL -dot- COM]
Sent: 23 January 1996 14:17
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Optimal Page Sizes

Jim Giordano of Nashville, TN, has asked me to post the following to the
list. Please cc: him (Giordanoj -at- Delphi -dot- com) in addition to responding to =
list. I don't recall an earlier thread on the topic, and it's one that I
think is interesting.

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We're trying to set a corporate standard for page size for software
documentation. If I look on my book shelf I see user's guides in a wide
variety of sizes. There seems to be no standard. We are considering A5
(common in Europe; we are owned by the French), 8 1/2" x 7" which is a =
sheet folded, and the Microsoft size 7 1/2"x9". Any
opinions you'd like to share. Also, are you aware of any usability =
that talks about page size?


--George Hayhoe (GFHayhoe -at- aol -dot- com)

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