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Physical dimensions of ANSI Common Lisp

December 20, 2020, Lisp
Last edited on January 21, 2021

If you ever wondered what a unit of ANSI Common Lisp weights: It's 3.1 kg!

ANSI Common Lisp on a scale; click for a larger version (238 kB).

And duplex printed on ANSI(sic!) letter paper, it's a stack of 7 cm height.

Measuring the height of ANSI Common Lisp; click for a larger version (2908 kB).

Still beautiful:

Printout of ANSI INCITS 226-1994 (R2004) (formerly ANSI X3.226-1994 (R1999)); click for a larger version (3028 kB).

By the way, this is the "American National Standard for Information Technology – Programming Language Common Lisp", "ANSI INCITS 226-1994 (R2004) (formerly ANSI X3.226-1994 (R1999))", but more on the different revisions in a separate post.

I've got CLtL2 for years and use the Common Lisp HyperSpec for, puh, 16 years?, still I am surprised by the sheer volume and weight of this printed copy!

Next question: Where do I get a three 3-ring binder for US letter pages in Germany? (Update, see: Original IBM 3-ring binders)

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