Re: Int'l book sizes

Subject: Re: Int'l book sizes
From: David Somers <somersd -at- NATLAB -dot- RESEARCH -dot- PHILIPS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 17:25:41 +0200


Please remember that the ISO A range was originally designed for
business letters and not books!
And don't forget the ISO B range of sizes... personally I prefer B5 for
books (A5 is just too darn small!).

Does anybody know if book sizes were ever formally adopted by ISO, or
did the book printers have a 'gentlemans agreement' over common sizes.

Greetings from The Netherlands,


Dan wrote:
> Holly
> We just received delivery of the first 4000 new Doc-To-Help 3.0 manuals (just
> for Europe). They are 7 X 9 - so I presume that its okay for those developers.
> But the AnswerWorks manual we produced is in A5 format. (We used Doc Studio to
> convert it from A4 to A5 for printing - took less than an hour).
> Dan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Max Wyss
> Sent: Monday, March 30, 1998 9:49 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu
> Subject: Re: Int'l book sizes
> Holly,
> There are more formats than A4 <g>. In fact, the A series is set up that if
> you fold it in half, you get the next smaller size.
> So, if you want to be international (which is a good idea anyway), you
> might think to go to the A5 format.
> However, the ideal page size for printing and bookmaking does more depend
> on the sheet size the printer can handle, and then, how can you place 16
> pages on that sheet.
> Hope, this can help.
> Max Wyss
> PRODOK Engineering AG
> Technical documentation and translations, Electronic Publishing
> CH-8906 Bonstetten, Switzerland
> Fax: +41 1 700 20 37
> e-mail: mailto:prodok -at- prodok -dot- ch or 100012 -dot- 44 -at- compuserve -dot- com
> Bridging the Knowledge Gap
> ________________
> >
> >Hello all. Is there a standard size for printed documentation in =
> >Europe, Japan, or elsewhere (other than the US)?
> >
> >Our current printed documents are 7" x 8 1/2". I would like to maintain =
> >the smaller format, but my manager wants to go to the A4 size because =
> >it's "international." It seems to me like any printer in any country =
> >can trim paper to any size, which we have to do in the US because we =
> >have graphics that bleed off the page.
> >
> >Thanks in advance,
> >Holly
David Somers MSTDTech MIEEE
Philips Research Laboratories [Mailstop WAY 3.34],
Prof. Holstlaan 4, 5656 AA Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Phone: +31-40-2743878; E-mail: somersd -at- natlab -dot- research -dot- philips -dot- com

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