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Old 11-15-2007, 04:35 PM   #8
Michael Rowley
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George lives in the U.S.
Yes, he presumably does, and I was only qualifying your statement in so far as 'most designers' meant most designers in the USA (and Canada?).

IBM actually adopted that standard first
I hadn't heard that before, probably because Adobe's Postscript made the pica point more or less universal, even in countries that used to use the Didot system, which was also based on the fairly simple relationship to one inch—though it was on the former Paris inch that was taken as the standard.

I think the older American 'point' was a mistaken attempt to relate a foot measurement to a metre measurement, which was fashionable in the nineteenth century. It was only the desire to make US automobile parts compatible with UK automobile parts that led to the joint US/UK definition of an inch as 2.54 cm exactly.

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