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ConTeXt's Predefined Paper Sizes

Plus keywords oversized (plus 1.5 cm), doublesized, doubleoversized, undersized (minus 1.5 cm)

For definitions, see page-lay.mkii and page-lay.mkiv.

Standardized Paper Sizes

x × y in mm

ISO/EN/DIN formats

ClassA SeriesB SeriesC SeriesD SeriesGerman alternative name (Usage)
1682 2378 20002828
1189 1682 1414 2000
0841 118910001414917 1297771 1090Vierfachbogen
15948417071000648917545771Doppelbogen
2420594500 707458648385545Bogen
3297420353 500324458272385Halbbogen
4210297250 353229324192272Viertelbogen (Letter)
5148210176 250162229136192Blatt/Achtelbogen (Booklet)
6105148125 176114162 96136Halbblatt (Postcard)
7 74105 88 125 81114 68 96Viertelblatt (File Card)
8 52 74 62 88 57 81 48 68Achtelblatt
9 37 52 44 62 40 57 34 48
10 26 37 31 44 28 40 24 34
11 18 26 22 31 20 28 17 24
12 13 18 15 22 14 20 12 17
13 9 13 11 15 10 14 8 12

1/6210198(Sechstelbogen)
lang110220(Business Envelope)

A series are normal paper sizes; B and C series are envelope sizes; D series is very uncommon.

ISO Press-Sheet Sizes

ClassRA SeriesSRA Series
086012209001280
1610860640900
2430 610450640
3305430320450
4215305225320

RA Sizes, for work without bleeds, allow 3 mm (1/8") head, foot, and fore-edge trim margins

SRA Sizes, for work with bleeds, allow 3 mm (1/8") head and foot and 6 mm (1/4") fore-edge trim margins

Poster Sizes

Name Size (x × y in mm)
1/4 Sheet (portrait or landscape) 420300
1/2 Sheet (portrait or landscape) 590420
1/1 Sheet (portrait or landscape) 840590
2/1 Sheet (portrait or landscape)1190840
3/1 Sheet 8401780
4/1 Sheet (landscape) 11901680
4/1 Sheet (portrait) 8402380
6/1 Sheet 11902520
18/1 Large Area Poster 35642523
1 part of 4 part partition17821262
1 part of 6 part partition11881262
1 part of 8 part partition 8911262
1 part of 9 part partition1188841
City Light Poster 12001760
Advertising Column3,6 m2,6 m
Poster World Format (e.g. Switzerland) 9051280

Maybe these formats are only standardized in Europe or even only in Germany.

They are based on ISO A1, "18/1" means "18 times A1".

Traditional Paper Sizes

Usual Raw Print Sheet Formats

Size (x × y in mm) Trimmed Size
8801240
8601220A0
7001000
630 880
610 860A1
500 700
440 630
430 610A2
350 500
305 430A3
215 305A4


Misc Print Products

Name Size (x × y in mm) Used in/for
Berliner Format 315470Newspapers
Rheinisches Format 360530Newspapers
Nordisches Format 400570Newspapers
Tabloid 290370Newspapers
Broadsheet 365600Newspapers
Broadsheet 380580Newspapers
US Letter 216279USA, Letters
US Legal 216356USA, Contracts
Ledger 432279USA, ?
Executive 190254USA, ?
10 × 14 " 254356USA, ?
11 × 17 " 279432USA, also known as A3+ used in medium format ink jet printers
Quart 215305?
Quarto 215275USA, ?
Oktav 140210Books
Statement 140216USA, ?
Folio 216330USA, ?
Tabloid 279432USA, ?
Credit Card 86 54Business and Credit Cards

Historical Paper Sizes

Name Size (x × y in mm) Formerly used in
Foolscap 432 343 Commonwealth
Crown 508 381 Commonwealth
Post 489 394 Commonwealth
Demy 571 444 Commonwealth
Medium 610 483 Commonwealth
Royal 635 508 Commonwealth
Double Pott 635 381 Commonwealth
Double Foolscap 686 432 Commonwealth
Super Royal 686 533 Commonwealth
Double Crown 762 508 Commonwealth
Imperial 762 559 Commonwealth
Double Post 800 495 Commonwealth

Reichs-Format 330 420 Deutsches Reich
Kanzlei (Propatria) 340 430 Deutsches Reich
Groß-Propatria 360 450 Deutsches Reich
Löwen 380 480 Deutsches Reich
Einhorn 400 500 Deutsches Reich
Klein-Median 420 530 Deutsches Reich
Groß-Median 440 560 Deutsches Reich
Post-Median 460 590 Deutsches Reich
Royal 480 640 Deutsches Reich
Super-Royal 500 650 Deutsches Reich
Noten-Royal 540 680 Deutsches Reich
Imperial 570 780 Deutsches Reich

Federn 350 440 Schweiz
Stab 360 450 Schweiz
Löwen 380 480 Schweiz
Breit-Kanzlei 380 500 Schweiz
Klein Median 410 530 Schweiz
Glocken 410 600 Schweiz
Französisch Post 440 560 Schweiz
Doppel-Coquille 440 560 Schweiz
Groß Median 440 580 Schweiz
Groß Glocken 440 600 Schweiz
Deutsch Post 460 590 Schweiz
Klein Regal 470 620 Schweiz
Raisin 480 640 Schweiz
Groß Raisin 500 650 Schweiz
Groß Regal 510 680 Schweiz
Jesus 550 720 Schweiz
Vereinsdruck I 495 760 Schweiz
Vereinsdruck II 550 840 Schweiz
Vereinsdruck III 640 940 Schweiz
Vereinsdruck IV (Elefant) 700 1000 Schweiz
Imperial 600 840 Schweiz
Groß Elefant 900 1200 Schweiz


Remark: I left the format and country names in their own language/spelling intentionally.

(Deutsches Reich = Imperial Germany; Schweiz = Switzerland) --Hraban, April 2006


Further Information on Paper Sizes

see e.g. EDS Inc.

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