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From Dale Frye <>
Subject Re: Send directly to printer....?
Date Sun, 19 Jan 2003 00:38:30 GMT
A word of caution here:

This will only work with some browsers: The problem I had (I can't 
remember if it was with IE 6 or Moz, but I think it was Moz) was that 
the print function would return immediately and the close function would 
then close the window before the window actually printed (the print 
dialog never displayed). It ended up that I didn't need to start the 
print automatically so I removed it from the code but I think I had it 
working.. My first solution was to use a timer to call a function to 
close the window. I seem to recall that I may have used two timers. The 
first timer gave the print dialog a chance to grab the thread. Once the 
thread returned the attached function would be called and would start 
the second timer. This timer gave the browser time to get the actual 
print process started. Finally the second function would close the 
window. I can't remember if this was exactly what I found and what other 
problems I may (or may not) have had. The timers were not very long, 
less than 1000ms.

Another solution I recall (however it won't help you with your PDF) was 
to make the called window responsible for printing and closing itself on 
the onLoad. (I found some old code that did this on the page I was 
wanting to autoprint.) I guess the race condition didn't exist here. I 
just don't remember.

FYI: All these methods will cause a new window to appear for a few 
seconds and then disappear. This can startle the user. I used the width 
and height attributes on the open function to make this window as small 
as possible but it will still be visible.

I just had a wild idea. Would this work???? It would get rid of the new 
window problem (I have NOT tested any of the following. No clue if it 
actually works!)
Create a hidden IFRAME anywhere on the page:
<div style="display:hidden; "><iframe name="hiddenframe"></div>
<!-- found (the hard way) some browsers (IE) won't hide IFRAME directly, 
therefore surround with <DIV> -->
<script language="Javascript">
function doPrint(printpage) {
document.frames.hiddenframe.location.href = printpage
// I think I read somewhere this (in the next statement),or something 
like it, will wait until the page is loaded.
// Other concern would be if you printed the same page twice. Would the 
href need to be cleared manually?
// Of course if you knew what page would print at the creation of this 
page on the server you could just put it in the IFRAME
// tag above and skip everything here except the actual print statement 
while (document.frames.hiddenframe.location.href != printpage) {
// should put in some code to time this out if page never loads
// could have race condition here, it could put the IFRAME state back 
before the print takes place
window.back() // put the history list current page pointer back since it 
was modified when the IFRAME was dynamically loaded

Would that just print what's in the IFRAME???? If you try this please 
post results back to the list.

This won't work with NS4 (it doesn't support IFRAME). Maybe could try 
using frames and make one frame real small. Access this frame from 
another like:

Of course this introduces some potential problems caused by frames
1: FRAME (but not IFRAME) shows the URL of the frame page, not the 
displayed page, in the address bar (as user moves from page to page the 
URL in the address bar doesn't change.
2:: if you dynamically load the page using Javascript then the browser 
history list is updated. Can cause unexpected results (appears that 
button didn't work) when the user uses the back and forward buttons.

All right, somebody hit me. I just don't know when to shut up.
Dale Frye

Antonio Gallardo wrote:

>I mean on the cliente. I was ”researching” and found a solution using
>This are not the exactly commands, but it can work. I will try it. But if
>you know another solution, please let me know. :-)
>Best Regards,
>Antonio Gallardo
>Geoff Howard dijo:
>>Do you mean a printer on the client, or the server?
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>From: Antonio Gallardo []
>>>Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2003 2:55 AM
>>>Subject: Send directly to printer....?
>>>Is there a way to send a document directly to printer?
>>>I am using XSL-FO and serializing to PDF. But now I need to send a
>>>document directly to printer without presenting it first in the client
>>>browser first. Is there a way to do that?
>>>Thanks in advance.
>>>Antonio Gallardo.
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