International Standard Paper Sizes


Bob Cox writes: "International Standard Paper Sizes explains the ISO 216 paper size system and the ideas behind its design. The author says globalization starts with getting the details right.
Inconsistent use of standard units and international
standard paper sizes remain today a primary
cause for U.S. businesses failing to meet
the expectations of the global economy."
See also Book Sizes.


Yes, metric is wonderful, and the notes about how copying is simplified would have made library school WAY simpler, but the most annoying thing about the metric paper sizes in North America is their erratic implementation. NIST publishes reports on A4 paper. Too bad A4 paper doesn't fit into North American "standard" filing cabinets. Changing paper sizes means changing office furniture.