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Re: Printing Backgrounds

From: Michael Day <mikeday@yeslogic.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2007 17:33:50 +1000
Message-ID: <47073A5E.4000407@yeslogic.com>
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
CC: www-style@w3.org

Hi fantasai,

> Heh, yeah. Turning on background printing by default is another option.
> We're just afraid the users won't appreciate us wasting ink on pages that
> didn't think about how much ink gets wasted when you print deep space
> backgrounds or what-have-you. Because while we'd be happy to print your
> designs as specified, there are a lot of clueless people out there we need
> to deal with, too. Ten years ago not printing backgrounds was almost 
> certainly
> the right answer. Right now, I'm not sure what the right answer is.

Prince prints backgrounds exactly as specified in the input document, 
and the user can always override this with their own user style sheet:

* {
     color: black ! important;
     background: transparent ! important

It wouldn't be hard for user-agents to add more fancy methods of page 
mangling and enable them as an option in the standard Print... dialog 
box, similar to the way you can choose to print in grayscale instead of 



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