Paper and the metric system

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about ISO paper sizes (such as A4), which is used worldwide. Well, except in North America. Maybe one day they’ll catch up. Maybe not. The article talks about the resultant difficulties of exchanging documents between North America and The Rest Of The World, and also notes the different hole punch standards.

It’s related to the uptake of metric, of course. So how many countries are resisting going to metric? According to this FAQ a survey some time ago concluded not many: Liberia, Burma, and the USA.

Mind you others, like the UK, haven’t totally switched, and still use imperial for things like distances.

2 thoughts on “Paper and the metric system

  1. josh

    And sailors. Nautical miles. Which are used because they’re closely related to degrees, and make figuring stuff out on a globe easy. But with computers and GPS, perhaps they too will go the way of the furlong. Oh, racehorses. There’s little pockets of resistance all over the place.

  2. Sam

    And pilots too, which is worse because I believe things are a combination of imperial and metric. Not to mention different countries reporting some figures in different units.

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