Re: White letters...

David Perrell (
Wed, 27 Nov 1996 10:19:05 -0800

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From: "David Perrell" <>
To: "Stuart Young" <>,
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Subject: Re: White letters...
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 1996 10:19:05 -0800

Stuart Young wrote:
> The problem is that Netscape 'can' detect wether the printer in use
> color/colour or monochrome, and therefore IT should automatically
turn it 
> on 'for' the user if it is monochrome.

Please, no.

I guess most people print web pages for the textual content. I sure
don't want a browser deciding that, because I have a color printer, I
must want the page printed WYSIWYG. (Consider the cost of printing many
pages of large yellow type on a dark wood-grain background.)

The user should be given a choice between WYSIWYG and maximum
legibility at minimal cost.

Here's another use for a client-side style setting. Allow the user to
set up a printer style. On the printer dialog box have radio buttons:

    (*) Print using printer style
    ( ) Print using display style

The first option would use the client's printer stylesheet, which would
default to black type on a white background.

The second option would try to match the appearance of the display,
using either color or grayscale.

David Perrell