Laser Printer Paper - A3 Size and its Equivalent
Although there have been many systems developed for defining a standard for paper size(s), the International paper size standard (ISO) and North American sizes are the 2 most widespread systems currently in use.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO 216)
Successive paper sizes in the series are defined by halving the preceding paper size along the larger dimension (longer side)
e.g. A1 halved→A2. A2 halved→A3. A3 halved→A4 etc.
American National Standards Institute equivalent to A3
Differences in standards can give rise to compatibility issues when North American/Canadian individuals and businesses work with the international community. However, by being aware of the situation, documents can be prepared with minimal extra effort or time to ensure that text and images fit either format at a 1:1 reproduction. In addition, don’t assume that an A3 laser printer can print in both formats, although most modern wider format printers can print in both A3 and 11x17”.
If this facility is an important issue, always consult the manufacturer's specifications to ensure that both formats are supported. However, be aware that sometimes the manufacturer's specifications for a given printer model may differ depending on its respective targeted market.
FS-C8100DN listed as a 11x17” printer in the US and an A3 printer in the UK.
FS-C8500DN shown has having a Duty Cycle of 225,000 in the US and 150,000 in the UK.