Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burk View Post
I noticed that all the paper sizes in my US references are quoted with the shortest dimension first.
The sizing nomenclature comes from printing, not just the printing trade.

The narrow dimension of the paper defines the minimum size of the machine needed to process it.

Take a look at your computer printer. It can print 8.5" x 11", or 8.5" x 14", or 8.5" high banner of arbitrary length.

But it can't print B-size (11" x 17"). That requires a different machine.

- Leigh