Thursday, May 5th, 2011

So I can remember A4

Stephanie

The metric system never really caught on in North America- though I can remember my elementary school teachers in the 70’s doing their best to confuse the heck out of us with it. (A meter stick? Whaaa?) This means that anytime someone writes to me with a request that a particular Rhodia product expanded to include A4 or A5, I have to scurry to Wikipedia for a refresher on what the similar US sizes might be. If you yourself are not sure, I am attaching these handy charts (courtesy of Wikipedia) that I should probably print out and slip into my Exaclair catalog for future reference. (For the record, A4 is roughly 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ while US letter paper is 8 1/2″ x 11″. )


24 thoughts on “So I can remember A4

  1. @Tim
    Yep, that’s exactly what I meant. Very succinct. You can tell that I wasn’t a Maths graduate.
    ;)
    Thanks for your help.

  2. @Tim
    Yep, that’s exactly what I meant. Very succinct. You can tell that I wasn’t a Maths graduate.
    ;)
    Thanks for your help.

  3. @TubbyMike: I think you mean the Golden RATIO. This is a different number to sqrt(2). The confusion is completely understandable however, as the golden ratio is related to the golden rectangle – which possesses a similar property to A* pages w.r.t. rescaling. (Where folding an A* page in half gives you two smaller A* pages, chopping a square off of the end of a golden rectangle leaves another golden rectangle.) hth

  4. @TubbyMike: I think you mean the Golden RATIO. This is a different number to sqrt(2). The confusion is completely understandable however, as the golden ratio is related to the golden rectangle – which possesses a similar property to A* pages w.r.t. rescaling. (Where folding an A* page in half gives you two smaller A* pages, chopping a square off of the end of a golden rectangle leaves another golden rectangle.) hth

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