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RE: background-print

From: Brian Manthos <brianman@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 22:13:49 +0000
To: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
CC: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <9710FCC2E88860489239BE0308AC5D1711B8E3@TK5EX14MBXC264.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
I wasn't proposing anything, just learning.

But now that you ask...

Yah, my instinct is that "background-print" is an odd name for a property if it's intent is to request ink saving across the entire rendering.

Text-shadow and box-shadow are examples of potentially expensive ink consumers.

Another one, now that I think about it is anti-aliasing.  With partially filled pixels, a circle requires many more pixels to be touched (with a better quality to be sure).


At a higher level, this sounds like it's more like a draft-quality vs. high-quality.  A number of things come to mind: "minimize ink", "minimize unique colors", "minimize consumables", "use only black cartridge", "minimize pixel count", "minimize bandwidth", etc.

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From: Tab Atkins Jr. [mailto:jackalmage@gmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:37 PM
To: Brian Manthos
Cc: fantasai; www-style@w3.org
Subject: Re: background-print

On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 11:51 AM, Brian Manthos <brianman@microsoft.com> wrote:
> I haven't been following the thread closely, but I can't remember if I saw this answered.
>
> Does background-print have any impact on the printing of box-shadow or text-shadow?

That's up to UAs.  The entire feature, as it exists in the present, is an attempt by the UA to save printer ink by manipulating style.  It's conceivable that UAs could adjust or suppress shadows.

> If not, are there other properties that allow enabling/disabling of those for printing?

A property with a properly-broad name, like "printer-safe-colors", would allow the author to hint in that direction.

I don't think there's any use to being more specific than the current proposal, if that's what you're asking.

~TJ

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