printable documents

Erik Aronesty (erik@inch.com)
Fri, 16 Feb 1996 14:05:07 -0500


Message-Id: <1.5.4b11.32.19960216190507.002a963c@inch.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 1996 14:05:07 -0500
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Erik Aronesty <erik@inch.com>
Subject: printable documents

Some docuemnts are intended to be printed in landscape, other in protrait.
Some are intended to be tiled, other are intended to be scaled to fit.
I think that it would be proper to define these intentions in a document.
I also feel it should be easy for an author to express these intentions.

Important documents in the business world are almost always printed, not 
read on screen.  I know that the Web is leading us away from this, but
I personally will always enjoy reading hard copy more than "shaped electrons" ;)

With carefull attention and work ... any document can be printed on the web.
The browser should be able to blend the author's intentions with user
preferences 
and hardware capabilites.

Right now, three popular browsers... Mosaic, Netscape, and Internet Explorer
fail to print documents intelligently.  After searching extenively, I found
that the 
online specifications never address the printablity of HTML.  At the very least
suggestions like "breaking before headings" should be documented as an
internet standard.


..... also ....... styles .....

I don't really know much about styles...but I don't think that these browsers
support them.  Is there a reason for this?  Are styles too difficult to 
support?