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Re: Why is it that so many W3C "documents" are sets of web pages that have to be printed page by page?

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 14:56:26 -0600
Message-Id: <p06230921c000368ca49f@[]>
To: Bob Futrelle <bob.futrelle@gmail.com>
Cc: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org

>I didn't just say 'only', I also said, "for many purposes".
>If you know of an automated way to take 30 *separate* web pages and
>turn them  into a single PDF, I'd like to know about it.

Yes, that is the key point. I had the same immediate reaction as 
Xiaoshu, but then I went and actually tried to print out TimBL's 
SW2004 slidyshow as a single document. I couldn't find any way to do 
it. It is most frustrating: all the slide contents and formattings 
are actually specified there in the HTML source, but if you attempt 
to print it (even when using an HTML editor like GoLive), you only 
get one of the slides, at best.

So, here is a suggested Principle of Good Practice for browsers: 
anything that can be rendered on the screen by processing a single 
source document, should be printable by a single command. Maybe it 
will be a mess, needing some work to organize; but at least it will 
be on paper, so you can stuff it all into your pocket and sort it out 
later on the beach.

Pat Hayes

>-  Bob
>On 1/27/06, wangxiao <wangxiao@musc.edu> wrote:
>>  > The only good document, for many purposes, is one that can be
>>  > printed out in a reasonably compact form and then read, with
>>  > no computer or web (!) connection, in a coffee shop or on the
>>  > beach (some months from now here in the North).  But as I
>>  > look for documents explaining the Semantic Web, I keep
>>  > finding collections of 20 or 30 web pages each, each page of
>>  > which has to be printed separately.  Slidy seems to have the
>>  > same problem, and I've inquired separately about that. Most
>>  > mags and newspapers offer "printer-friendly" versions of
>>  > multi-page docs.
>>  I would be careful about the "only". :-)
>>  I think it is made as webs document intensionally.  After all, what W3C
>>  wants is to get people used to web. If people wants to get it in some other
>>  form, it is not difficult to do so with some software.  For instance, you
>>  can easily create a PDF out of the web document and do whatever you are
>>  confortable with it later.
>>  Xiaoshu
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