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Bug#495170: marked as done (Recommend PA4 paper size for PDF and PS in /usr/share/doc/)



Your message dated Thu, 03 Jan 2013 13:03:44 -0800
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has caused the Debian Bug report #495170,
regarding Recommend PA4 paper size for PDF and PS in /usr/share/doc/
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Package: debian-policy
Severity: wishlist

| By 1975 so many countries were using the German system that it was
| established as an ISO standard, as well as the official United
| Nations document format. By 1977 A4 was the standard letter format
| in 88 of 148 countries, and TODAY ONLY THE U.S. AND CANADA HAVE NOT
| ADOPTED THE SYSTEM.

-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size

I'm annoyed because some PDF and PostScript documents provided by
packages (i.e. in /usr/share/doc) are A4 sized, and some are Letter
sized.  Trying to print the latter on my laserjet requires me to stand
in front of it and manually override the "PC Load Letter" request,
sometimes for each page individually!

PA4 is the largest format that fits on both A4 and U.S./Canadian
"Letter" paper without resizing.  I'd like this to be recommended as
the paper size for PDF and PS documents in /usr/share/doc by Debian
Policy.  (Well, actually I'd like A4 to be recommended, but this would
probably be vetoed by US DDs.)

Obviously this wouldn't make *everyone* happy (e.g. people who want
A5), but it seems to me that it would make *more* people happy than
the current ad-hoc approach of using the default paper size in the
package maintainer's locale.



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Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> writes:
> "Trent W. Buck" <trentbuck@gmail.com> writes:

>> I'm annoyed because some PDF and PostScript documents provided by
>> packages (i.e. in /usr/share/doc) are A4 sized, and some are Letter
>> sized.  Trying to print the latter on my laserjet requires me to stand
>> in front of it and manually override the "PC Load Letter" request,
>> sometimes for each page individually!

>> PA4 is the largest format that fits on both A4 and U.S./Canadian
>> "Letter" paper without resizing.  I'd like this to be recommended as
>> the paper size for PDF and PS documents in /usr/share/doc by Debian
>> Policy.  (Well, actually I'd like A4 to be recommended, but this would
>> probably be vetoed by US DDs.)

> I'm not sure Policy is the appropriate place to start with a request
> like this.  Policy for the most part codifies things that are already
> generally accepted by the project and widely implemented in the project.
> The best way to make changes like this is to build a consensus among
> Debian developers that it is the right thing to do and to implement it
> widely, and only then propose the Policy change.

There has been no further discussion of this, so I'm closing it as
rejected with the rationale above.

-- 
Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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