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Old 11-15-2007, 01:37 PM   #6
Michael Rowley
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because that is what printers expect
In North America; in the UK, where paper sizes are no mostly metric, it is more convenient to use millimetres for dimensions other than type sizes and interline spacing. You can (with most DTP applications) choose millimetres for the latter too, but I don't, because of years of measuring in Didot points and Ciceros or, now, Adobe points and picas, which are practically the same, except for people that design measuring systems.

Adobe chose right when it made the typographic point exactly one-seventysecondth of an inch (instead of a rather complex relationship with millimetres), but it was wrong to neglect the worldwide adoption of SI.

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