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From "Gregory Youngblood" <g...@mail.netio.org>
Subject RE: Printer friendly output
Date Sun, 21 Dec 2003 17:11:07 GMT
I've seen several sites that have "printer friendly" output. Usually they
create a separate web page, remove the menu options and other "stuff" from
right and left sides, and put the heading. You might play around to find the
right "width" to display properly for most printers, but it should be
possible. You could use a single cell table to specify width or you could
use no table structure at all and rely on the browser to "wrap" accordingly
for printing. I'd go with the former.

Your not deliverying a PDF, your not going under the extra load of the
conversion process. And, if your using a templating system to generate
pages, the "printer friendly" page could simply be a template setup for
printing. When the person clicks on the printer friendly page, that template
could be used to display the content instead of the regular template for
that page. It all depends on how your site is laid out.

I think it makes more sense in this manner than the PDF conversion, unless
of course you really want PDF as the output.

Just another thought for your consideration.

> So I assume the idea is that the user clicks on "print form" 
> and the script generates the PDF and sends that back to the client?
> 
> They can then print the pdf from within the browser?
> 
> Do you have any idea what kind of overhead this puts on the server?



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