## Graph paper |

**Graph paper**, **coordinate paper**, **grid paper**, or **squared paper** is writing

The first commercially published "coordinate paper" is usually attributed to Dr. Buxton of England, who patented paper, printed with a rectangular coordinate grid, in 1794.^{[1]} A century later, E. H. Moore, a distinguished mathematician at the University of Chicago, advocated usage of paper with "squared lines" by students of high schools and universities.^{[2]} The 1906 edition of *Algebra for Beginners* by H. S. Hall and S. R. Knight included a strong statement that "the squared paper should be of good quality and accurately ruled to inches and tenths of an inch. Experience shows that anything on a smaller scale (such as 'millimeter' paper) is practically worthless in the hands of beginners."^{[3]}

The term "graph paper" did not catch on quickly in American usage. *A School Arithmetic* (1919) by H. S. Hall and F. H. Stevens had a chapter on graphing with "squared paper". *Analytic Geometry* (1937) by W. A. Wilson and J. A. Tracey used the phrase "coordinate paper". The term "squared paper" remained in British usage for longer; for example it was used in *Public School Arithmetic* (1961) by W. M. Baker and A. A. Bourne published in London.^{[3]}