# [NTG-context] Newbie questions

Sanjoy Mahajan sanjoy at mrao.cam.ac.uk
Thu Jun 29 04:35:12 CEST 2006

From:    Thomas Moore <tmoore at pomona.edu>
> \setuppapersize[letter]

You want

\setuppapersize[letter][letter]

otherwise you get letter sized pages imposed on A4 paper (not widely
available in Pomona probably!) because the default value for the
second argument is A4.  You might get lucky and end up with letter
pages anyway if you have the right defaults in dvips, but that's a bit
fragile (and probably direct pdf output would be on A4 paper).

In an earlier thread I'd asked that the default be whatever the first
argument is, but that idea was rejected on the (reasonable) grounds
that the change would break too many documents.

-Sanjoy

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