A4 paper and PDF

Subject: A4 paper and PDF
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Mon, 26 May 1997 12:22:38 -0500

Pete Kloppenburg wondered whether to anticipate problems
printing PDF docs designed for North American paper on A4
paper. Pete, I can't give you a definitive answer, but you
can find out for yourself easily enough: drop down to the
local stationer's store and ask for a few pages of A4, then
test it yourself. (You're near Toronto, right? The ministry
of natural resources used to use A4 fairly often, so they
might be willing to donate a few pages to the cause.)

Off the cuff, I'd anticipate that the only problems will be
with your binding margin, since A4 is slightly narrower
than North American paper (by 0.2 inches). You can fix this
simply by resetting your margins (_without_ changing the
printing portion of the page) then reprinting the file to
PDF. For example, if you've got equal 1-inch margins, leave
the left margin at 1 inch, then drop the right margin to
0.8 inches. One version, two different print commands, no
reformatting required... it won't look as perfect as on our
paper, but will look just fine nonetheless. Then, for your
next project, design the document on the assumption that
you'll be using both paper types and pick margins that will
work for both versions.

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.

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