When you see printable versions of web sites on the net, are they simply versions without the graphics, headers, footers or menu bars, or is there more to it?
Any help anyone can give me on creating printable versions of web sites would be much appreciated.
05-20-2002, 01:58 PM
Sites generally offer "printer friendly" versions of their pages. These pages have little to no layout formatting (no table or div tags) and therefore can be printed correctly by most printers. Basically what you're doing is dummying down the look of the page in order to eliminate complexity.
My advice is to...
use hard-breaks in the printable version when determining height and width, leave a little more space than you think you need open the "printable" version of the page in a new browser (preferrably with no toolbars, status bar, etc. test it out on at least three different printersMost importantly: realize that you can not possibly create a webpage that will print perfectly for everyone. With variations in operating systems, browsers, and (worst of all) printers, there will always be someone for whom the page doesn't print correctly. You may want to put a small warning message to that effect on your site.
Get it as best you can and let it go! :)