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A4PaperSize.org provide information and dimensions of current paper measurements around the world. We strive to keep our visitors up to date with the latest sizes of paper so they can get back to their day to day tasks. Because we understand how important time is, we have laid out our website to accomodate visitor requests.
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When did A4 become a standard
A4 became a standard in the late 1970's. However, even though the standards were introduced in the early 20th century, it took more than 50 years for the standard to be recognised world wide.
Which countries use A4
Today, A4 Paper is used by most countries around the world. With the exception of the United States of America and Canada. Many South American countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Venezuela and more, have officially taken on the A4 paper standard. However, the most common paper size in these countries is still 'Letter Size'.
Who invented paper standards
In the 1920's, Dr Porstmann of Germany published a document proposing a standard for paper which would later change the world. Dr Porstmann's theory quickly became DIN approved, which is a standard in Germany meaning 'Deutsches Institut für Normung'. In English, DIN translates as 'German Institute for Standardisation'.
Why standard measurements were invented
Paper standards were introduced to make life easier for publishers in the 1700's. Different paper sizes mean different size envelops, different size letter boxes and unbalanced paper stacks. If paper was never standardised today it would be a lot more expensive, we would need different size fax machines, printers, in and out trays, etc.