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RE: background-print

From: Brian Manthos <brianman@microsoft.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 19:51:37 +0000
To: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>
CC: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <9710FCC2E88860489239BE0308AC5D1711EFB6@TK5EX14MBXC264.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
Even if a page author has "designed the page with printing in mind", the user might still disagree and want to opt out of printing the images anyway.

From an paid-for application perspective, user choice is king.
From a content-author perspective, author choice is king.

This isn't a new conflict, and I'm sure it will be going for a while.

Another example: ad blockers.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tab Atkins Jr. [mailto:jackalmage@gmail.com]
> Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2011 10:22 AM
> To: Sylvain Galineau
> Cc: Brian Manthos; fantasai; www-style@w3.org
> Subject: Re: background-print
> On Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 11:31 PM, Sylvain Galineau
> <sylvaing@microsoft.com> wrote:
> > [Tab Atkins Jr.:]
> >> A property with a properly-broad name, like "printer-safe-colors",
> would
> >> allow the author to hint in that direction.
> >>
> >
> > Note that printing may not be the only motive for background
> suppression
> > and higher contrast. Accessibility settings on some platforms also do
> this
> > to view the content. High contrast is not just a printing issue.
> Keep in mind the intent of the property, though - it's meant to say
> "Hey, I know you normally suppress my backgrounds and mess with my
> colors when you print, but I've designed the page with printing in
> mind, so there's no need to do that here (unless the user still asks
> for it)."
> While I agree that there are other use-cases for UAs messing with
> colors, I don't think it's good to mix the "I've thought about
> printing" declaration with an "I've thought about contrast levels"
> declaration.
> ~TJ

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