Publishing papers on the Internet

Making Postscript and Acrobat Files International

Certain text formats, for example Postscript (extension .ps) and Adobe Acrobat (extension .pdf) specify exactly the page layout of the printed document. The commonly used paper format is different in America and the rest of the world. America uses the "Letter" format, while the rest of the world uses the "A4" format This means that documents formatted on one continent may not be 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 America.

In plain text format: or
In HTML format:

Corresponding advice for writing in the HTML format.

Some test files, which might be useful in testing this,
can be found at the following URL:

Other standards-related documents from Jacob Palme.