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A4 is standard paper size in India right?
"DIN paper-format became both an international standard (ISO 216) as well as the official United Nations document format in 1975 and it is today used in almost all countries on this planet, leaving North America as the only remaining exception."
introduced as a national standard in many other countries, for example, Belgium (1924), Netherlands (1925), Norway (1926), Switzerland (1929), Sweden (1930), Soviet Union (1934), Hungary (1938), Italy (1939), Uruguay (1942), Argentina (1943), Brazil (1943), Spain (1947), Austria (1948), Romania (1949), Japan (1951), Denmark (1953), Czechoslovakia (1953), Israel (1954), Portugal (1954), Yugoslavia (1956), India (1957), Poland (1957), United Kingdom (1959), Venezuela (1962), New Zealand (1963), Iceland (1964), Mexico (1965), South Africa (1966), France (1967), Peru (1967), Turkey (1967), Chile (1968), Greece (1970), Simbabwe (1970), Singapur (1970), Bangladesh (1972), Thailand (1973), Barbados (1973), Australia (1974), Ecuador (1974), Columbia (1975) and Kuwait (1975). It finally became both an international standard (ISO 216) as well as the official United Nations document format in 1975 and it is today used in almost all countries on this planet, leaving North America as the only remaining exception.
Which REALLY begs the question _why_ North America doesn't adopt the ISO-216 standard. I remember how much it would piss me off, back in the day.
"The clear connection (of the DIN paper-format) to the metric system is also a partial explanation for the continued use of Letter-sized paper in the US and Canada. The US is almost the only country left not to have made the switch from non-metric measures, making the particular advantages of A4 less evident."
thanks all - this is what I had found too
Is letter a nicer proportion?
I suspect we still use Letter in Canada because most of our paper industry caters to US buyers. Why make two sizes when you can make one?
The ISO series make much more sense. Letter or Ansi has nothing smaller than Letter... so my guess is that you have to say everything by exact sizes for smaller ones and don't have direct association to that format, or how it relates to another one. (well you must have some sort of because you do it every day, but I think you see my point).
I don't see anywhere in the future the United States making a changing move like this, same for inches, foots, miles, pounds, gallons, fahrenheit, etc...
I know you all got used to it, but it doesn't make much sense if you think about it.