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Re: Printing Backgrounds

From: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 00:33:44 +0200
Message-ID: <470D5348.40005@w3.org>
To: www-style@w3.org

Allan Sandfeld Jensen wrote:

> What I am saying is that whether or not backgrounds should be printed or not 
> depends more on the user's hardware than on the design of the webpage. This 
> makes the user's defaults more important than the authors.

That's exactly what I do, too: when I print on the color printer, I turn 
backgrounds on; when I print on the black-and-white one, I turn them 
off. Pages usually don't look right when I do the reverse.

Given how often people print on black-and-white printers (even if they 
have a color printer as well), maybe style sheet writers should not just 
  include one print style sheet, but two:

     <link... media="print and (monochrome)">
     <link... media="print and (color)">

I think it is OK if the browser remembers the settings for each printer 
separately (so that I don't have to change the settings when I change 
printers), but I agree with Allan that it would be surprising to the 
user (and thus wrong) if anything in the document (such as the existence 
of a print style sheet) changes the settings that the user has selected.

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