AW: [texhax] Hello - I have a problem
Randolph J. Herber
herber at dcdrjh.fnal.gov
Thu Aug 19 18:14:56 CEST 2004
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>It took ages for us to persuade Microsoft and other US companies to make
>it easy to use A4 paper with their products, and the problem STILL
>causes trouble today (witness the number of printers flashing the error
>message "please load letter paper", holding up the entire queue).
And, we often see on our printers ``please load A4 paper''.
Someone has to see that message and know that (for our HP,
QMS, Tektronix and Xerox printers, at least) depressing
the GO button equivalent causes the printer to proceed;
otherwise, we suffer delays of the printer queues.
I do that service on the printers near my office several
times a day and at least once a week explain the GO
button behavior to someone. I also explain at least
monthly that if one is formating a document (and this
is quite applicable to TeX and LaTeX) and expects that
the document will be printed in both North America and
in ISO paper areas, to print the document in the lower
left corner of the paper using the letter paper height
(11in -- 279mm) and the A4 paper width (8.28in -- 210mm)
so that the print image fits on both sizes of paper.
I keep a small stock of A4 paper around (it is difficult
and expensive to avail here) for those people whom need
to print documents to be returned to Europe because their
governments or institutions refuse to accept that document
on letter paper. This is inconveniencing their own people!
It is still necessary to tell European companies that
they need to remove the Europeanisms from their products
if they expect them to sell at all well in the USA.
I give you the example of the Siemens S46 GSM cell
phone: it refuses to track incoming calls and insists
that a postal code is 6 characters with a space and
goes _before_ the city name; these are all wrong
in the USA. The AT&T Wireless GSM system uses the
Siemens S46 as one of the cellphones for that system;
I have owned two of them before I insisted that AT&T
offer me another type, perhaps from Motorola, because
of these behaviors among other Europeanisms in the phones.
And, not to worry, Microsoft causes us problems with
letter paper as well. Microsoft does not know how to
generate proper Document Structure Commented PostScript
print files and seems not to understand the difference
between PostScript print files and Encapsulated PostScript
figure files to be incorporated into print files.
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