In this answer am I being told, that I shouldn't use the
a4 and the
Why should I do that, and what should I use instead?
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With regard to
a4, a quote from the english version of
l2tabu will do:
1.1 a4.sty, a4wide.sty
Do not use these ‘two’ packages any longer. You should delete them without replacement from your LaTeX source. Use the class option
a4paperinstead. Speaking in terms of typography these packages, or others similar to these do not provide good layout. What is even worse, there is more than one version of these packages around, and different versions of those packages are incompatible with one another, providing deviating settings for page margins. So you may not trust that your document will look the same—or just as bad? – when being compiled on someone else’s system when exchanging LaTeX source.
Replace: a4.sty, or a4wide.sty by class option
aeguill, see Philippe Goutet' s answer to Are ae and aeguill only needed when using CM fonts?