Re: regions/contexts - printable HTML

Owen Rees (rtor@ansa.co.uk)
Fri, 16 Feb 1996 11:55:07 +0000


Message-Id: <9602161155.AA05450@plato.ansa.co.uk>
To: Erik Aronesty <erik@inch.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: regions/contexts - printable HTML 
In-Reply-To: Message from erik@inch.com of Thu, 15 Feb 1996 20:53:22 
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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 1996 11:55:07 +0000
From: Owen Rees <rtor@ansa.co.uk>

Erik Aronesty <erik@inch.com> writes:

> I would propose the following:
> 
> <PRINT LEFTMARGIN=x RIGHTMARGIN=x PAPER=x SCALE=x STYLE=x LANDSCAPE>
> This region will use the above print settings and print style....

HTML is more printable by more people than PostScript, and the absence 
of this sort of control is one of the reasons. I consider it unwise to 
give the author even more ability to limit the configurations that can 
cope with the document. If your document is Netscape specific, I can 
get Netscape if I feel it is worth the effort. If your document is 
8.5x11 paper specific, there is not much I can do to get it printed on 
the A4 printers we have here (in theory we ought to be able to get a 
US-Letter tray for the printer, but we would probably have to import it 
from the USA).

If layout control is a real problem, why not promote PDF which is 
available now? Put a "Get Acrobat" button on your page, just like all 
those "Netscape Now" buttons.

Owen Rees <rtor@ansa.co.uk>
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