Why do ER reports have such high left margins?

Most ER reports have a very wide left side margin on the pages. I'm curious why this is the trend and where it originated from? Does it serve any purpose beyond the first page or two, where key data is put in that space?

Here is an example of what I mean

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  • VP in ER
Oct 1, 2022 - 11:20am

I think it also helps readability. If you have text across the entire page, it's like a novel and makes it hard to read/digest.

  • Investment Analyst in AM - Equities
Oct 1, 2022 - 2:33pm

both answers above -- improves readability & allows for writing in the margin. No one wants to read a massive block of text from wall to wall...    analysts can also write less and still have a "long" report this way too 

  • Analyst 2 in ER
Oct 6, 2022 - 11:03pm

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