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RE: WCAG2 Conformance Questions

From: Ryan Jean <ryanj@disnetwork.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 09:26:30 -0400
To: "'David Woolley'" <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <E1KXc7d-0007O1-EW@maggie.w3.org>

In my case, the need for a printer friendly page is to eliminate other
unimportant content I have on the page (which is inside other cells trapped
inside the same table). The page itself IS web accessible. I'm just trying
to get the printer friendly part web accessible.

Ryan Jean
Assistant IT Specialist
The Disability Network
Flint, MI

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Ryan Jean wrote:

> Usually when I see printer friendly links, it results in a pop-up. If I 

In my experience the need for a printer friendly page indicates that the 
original page is not accessible, or at least, that the designer doesn't 
understand CSS.  I would suggest that most accessible pages only need 
@media to print properly using the basic browser print functionality.

Some specific reasons why people might want an explicit printer friendly 
page are:

- open source browsers could be tweaked to give a printer like handling 
on display media, resulting in the suppression of advertising 
(advertising is commonly removed in the printer friendly version).  In 
that case, there may be a static printer friendly version, but it won't 
be shown to search engines;

- there seems to be a big psychological need amongst designers to turn 
their documents into mini web browsers and eliminate the standard 
browser controls.

> were to have it link like that, the content would have to be duplicated 
> on a separate page, which I don't want to do. Do you know server-side 
> scripting that will hide the content of the other cells? And not only 
> that, but make them act like they aren't even there?

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