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Making Postscript and PDF International (RFC2346)

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Original Publication Date: 1998-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 5 page(s) / 11K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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J. Palme: AUTHOR

Abstract

Certain text formats, for example Postscript (MIME-Type: application/postscript; file extension .ps) and Portable Document Format (MIME-Type: application/pdf; file extension .pdf) specify exactly the page layout of the printed document. The commonly used paper format is different in North America and the rest of the world. North America uses the 'Letter' format, while the rest of the world mostly uses the ISO-standard 'A4' format. This means that documents formatted on one continent may not be easily printable on another continent. This memo gives advice on how to produce documents which are equally well printable with the Letter and the A4 formats. By using the advice in this document, you can put up a document on the Internet, which recipients can print without problem both in and outside North America.

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Network Working Group J. Palme

Request for Comments: 2346 Stockholm University/KTH

Category: Informational May 1998

Making Postscript and PDF International

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

Certain text formats, for example Postscript (MIME-Type:

application/postscript; file extension .ps) and Portable Document

Format (MIME-Type: application/pdf; file extension .pdf) specify

exactly the page layout of the printed document. The commonly used

paper format is different in North America and the rest of the world.

North America uses the 'Letter' format, while the rest of the world

mostly uses the ISO-standard 'A4' format. This means that documents

formatted on one continent may not be easily printable on another

continent. This memo gives advice on how to produce documents which

are equally well printable with the Letter and the A4 formats. By

using the advice in this document, you can put up a document on the

Internet, which recipients can print without problem both in and

outside North America.

A very short summary of the advice in this document: If you are using

U.S. Letter paper format, ensure that both the left and right margins

are at least 21 mm (0.8 in). If you are using A4 paper format, ensure

that both the top and bottom margins are at least 33 mm (1.3 in).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2

2. Two methods for printing on different paper formats 2

2.1 Method 1: Use wider margins 2

2.2 Method 2: Print with reduced size 3

2.3 Method 3: Buy paper in the A4 size 4

3. Acknowledgements 4

4. Security Considerations 4

5. References 4

6. Author's Address 5

7. Full Copyright Statement 6

1. Introduction

Certain text formats, for example Postscript (MIME-Type:

application/postscript; file extension .ps) and Portable Document

Format (MIME-Type: application/pdf; file extension .pdf) specify

exactly the page layout of the printed document. The commonly used

paper format is different in North America and the rest of the world.

North America uses the 'Letter' format, while the rest of the world

uses the 'A4' format.

The North American Letter format is 216 x 279 mm (8.5 x 11 in) while

the ISO standardised A4 format is 210 x 297 mm (8.3 x 11.7 in). The

Letter format is thus 6 mm (0.2 inc...