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RE: window.print ()

From: Tom James <TJames@salisbury.gov.uk>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 11:40:32 +0100
Message-ID: <2EF56870C33AD611BC3E0008C745CA1B0158FA92@BHEXCHANGE1>
To: "'Jonathan Chetwynd'" <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Cc: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Jonathan Chetwynd wrote ...

> ps do we have guidelines or examples about printing? ie how to 
> reformat, or even just ensure that a page fits a given format.
> any resources or example links appreciated.

Some years ago we did a project for the University of Oxford Admin section
(see www.admin.ox.ac.uk). In brief, printed pages had:

1) Fonts changed to serif
2) The navigation bar removed
3) The Search form at the top of the page removed
4) A University of Oxford graphic inserted at the top of the page (in the
screen version, it is part of the LH navigation bar)
5) E-mail addresses in the page footer explicitly printed
6) The URL of the page explicitly printed in the footer

We missed a trick at the time; as in subsequent projects I would also get
the current time added by the server, so people know when it was printed.

For "modern browsers" (basically IE4 onwards, Opera, Netscape 6 onwards)
this was done using a print-specific stylesheet. There was no "Print page"
link - my view is that where possible, printing from a web browser should be
like printing from any other application, for example CTRL-P or File > Print
or whatever. For "old browsers" (primarily Netscape 4), there was a specific
PHP print script that did the ame re-formatting, and a "print page" link.

Anyway, this was my take on what should and shouldn't be included, and it
seemed to be quite well recieved at the time.


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