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Not to start a Metric vs. Imperial war Jerry but that's like saying "Its so much easier to imagine 68 degrees F than it is to imagine 20 degrees C". I grew up at the time that Canada was switching to metric and know how hard it is to change that instant familiarity that one has with measurements. I can say that I now 'think' completely in metric for temperature, volume, long distances, speeds, weights but that I still don't 'think' in metric for short distances (like paper sizes). Why the difference? Mostly because the alternative miles, ounces, quarts have disappeared so there isn't much call to convert between them. On the other had for short distances we have constant reminders of the imperial system since construction supplies, hardware fixtures, paper sizes etc. never changed over. Constantly converting between the two is a pain so I tend to visualize home renovations and furniture making in feet and inches even though the rest of my world is metric. If the government hadn't chickened out at the last moment with the construction and machine industry I suspect I would be 100% metric. It was fun for a few months when the lumber industry started changing over and plywood was available in 2400x1200 sheets which was just 1.5" short of a 4x8 sheet and would just miss that last joist. A more direct answer to your specific issue that metric page sizes are hard to imagine. I'm forced to use imperial paper because that is what is carried in the office supply stores but I've seen enough A* sized paper to know what it looks like and like the other poster I find it very convenient that the proportions of the paper stay fixed. Its nice to be able to compose an image to fit on an A4 sheet of paper and then just enlarge it to A3 if you want it bigger. Its a pain when you have that perfect 8.5x11 composition which then doesn't fit properly on an 11x17 sheet of paper. Interestingly pictures I had printed while in Europe were printed on 4x6" paper, just like when I get them printed locally, even though the proportions of A* paper are very close to 35mm format. -- Mark -----Original Message----- From: Jerry Olson [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: February 2, 2000 9:54 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: New A3 Epson Photo 1270 Greg: Yah, its SO easy to imagine the exact size of a 297x420mm sheet of paper. EVERY one on the list can do it instantly! I wish they'd shove the entire metric system where the sun has NEVER shone before! - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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