On 02/21/2013 10:59 AM, webmaster-Kracked_P_P wrote:
The thing that matters most in the USA is economics. When it
becomes more economical to use the metric system, we will change very
rapidly. In the past, we produced soft drinks in the quart size. When
the demand for packaging them in liters for sale overseas, two different
measuring systems increased their costs. So, large soft drink containers
were produced exclusively in liters sizes to save money.
I suppose the equivalent for printers is this: when it becomes
cheaper to make a printer which will print A4 (and thus letter size with
a small added border) and the demand is high enough, printers will
rather quickly change to using A4 as the standard size.
On 02/21/2013 04:01 AM, Marc Paré wrote:
Le 2013-02-20 21:33, webmaster-Kracked_P_P a écrit :
On 02/20/2013 05:11 PM, Brian Barker wrote:
At 14:36 20/02/2013 -0500, Tim Lungstrom wrote:
Europe A4 size
Perhaps that should be
"everywhere-in-the-world-except-the-United-States-and-Canada A4 size".
I do not know about the rest of the world.
I knew that Europe tend to use A4.
Why USA and Canada uses "letter size" when the rest use A4, who knows.
Here is a short history on it:
Canada follows the US for obvious reasons. IMO, I would rather follow
with the A4 and metric sizes, we should all be following the metric
The USA had a movement towards Metric, but it failed big-time. We are
using more metric in manufacturing, but for use in the home or
business, people grew up learning the "English" system of feet/inches,
pounds/ounces, cup/gallon, instead of all of the base-ten metric
Yes, if we taught our kids from the early ages to use metric along
with what we use now, maybe we can get them to be more use to the
metric system so we can move to it someday as an equal to our current
system. Of course, business use letter size paper, letter size
storage, letter size presentation devices to hold their letter size
paper, and the list goes on and on. All those things that are based
on the letter size paper and cannot fit the A4 size paper will have to
be replaced so they can fit both sizes - as a standard size - before
business will be thinking about using A4 regularly.
All of this is my personal opinion, of course.
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