AW: [texhax] Hello - I have a problem
justin at mac.com
Wed Aug 18 20:41:24 CEST 2004
On Aug 18, 2004, at 11:27, Randolph J. Herber wrote:
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>> Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 16:36:59 +0100
>> From: Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk>
>> Subject: Re: AW: [texhax] Hello - I have a problem
>> To: "Randolph J. Herber" <herber at fnal.gov>
>> The following header lines retained to effect attribution:
>> Randolph J. Herber wrote:
>>> Now, if were possible to convince the Europeans to stop hard-
>>> coding paper sizes into software instead of putting such data
>>> into configuration files so that it would be easier to adjust
>>> their software to work with letter paper, the European software
>>> would be much more popular with United States users.
>> I'm sure this would be far simpler tha[n] convincing your fellow
>> Americans to use sensible paper sizes such as the ISO A/B/C 
>> series ...
> Yes, I agree it would be far simplier to convince the
> Europeans to make their software capable and flexible
> than to force a major portion of the world's economy to
> immediately switch to using ISO standard, but not sensible,
> paper sizes. It also would take considerably less effort:
> a minor programming effort on the part of the authors once
> compared to a major economic effort to replace much
> of the paper handling and storage equipment and facilities
> in the United States and Canada (which is being moved to
> by making the equipment capable of handling either set of
> paper sizes). When almost all such equipment can handle
> either set of paper sizes would be the time to do such a
> switch. The only significant advantage to the ISO sizes
> is that cutting sheets parallel to the short sides results
> in the next smaller sheet size.
>> "Globalization starts with getting the details right.
>> Inconsistent use of SI units and international
>> standard paper sizes remain today a primary
>> cause for U.S. businesses failing to meet
>> the expectations of the global economy."
> To give the source of the quote above:
> The author also states: ``This information was gathered
> by Gilbert Healton for his personal use and is without
> warranty of any kind whatsoever. Use at your own risk.''
> It is apparent to me that the author has a strong
> pro metric basis.
> By the way, I have it on good authority that the UK
> still uses Imperial measure for their highway system
> and for similar reasons. Do they still sell ``pints''
> in public houses?
>> Philip Taylor
>>  http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-paper.html
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