What is the meaning of "White Paper"

Singapore
October 19, 2009 11:36pm CST
usually we hear and see on the sites that government or any business has published white paper for any product and policy ?? What is the mean of White Paper and why is that name so ??Can anyone help ?
1 response
@shajerrl (311)
• China
20 Oct 09
an important book or paragraph published by government offically with a white cover called white paper or white book, this also has some difference. white paper usually has very short paragraph and white book usually is a book with a lot of information inclued, but it also is used in some country for same meaning. Also some countries don't use the white as their cover by habit, they are like to use blue, yellow or green as their files cover color, and this type of files also have a name with blue paper, yellow paper or green paper. and the more information, you can refer to wikipedia with following link address: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/white_paper
• Singapore
20 Oct 09
Thanks for response , I have gone through this link . It is quite helpful to understand white paper.