Re: Controlling page breaks in printouts

Ankur Bhatnagar (ankurb@wipsys.soft.net)
Fri, 21 Jun 1996 22:51:30 +0530


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Date: Fri, 21 Jun 1996 22:51:30 +0530
From: Ankur Bhatnagar <ankurb@wipsys.soft.net>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Controlling page breaks in printouts

I think that browsers ought to be 'intelligent' enough to 
provide page breaks at proper points in the document being
printed so that no Headers are left orphaned.  We must
remember that it is not just HTML which has to become more
and more sophisticated, it is also the browsers.  Compared to
what browsers should be, todays brows are somewhat primitive.
They should be able to support the printing of documents with
all possible features including indexing, table of contents,
cross-references etc.  After all we shouldn't be using the
terms "documents" and "pages" for the contents available on
the web just because we didn't have any other term for them.

In other words, what I am trying to convey here is that
people should be able to put their creativity (novels,
reports, magazines, books etc.) on the Net and expect that if
they are ever printed, they appear as good as any other
conventionally printed material.

I think tags like <block> go against the spirit of HTML and
at best they are 'physical styles'.  We never specify that
<H1> should be big and bold, it is upto the browsers.

Ankur.