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From: "Philipp Lenssen" <phil@mrinfo.de>
Newsgroups: comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets
Subject: Re: Formating fonts for print -- WAS: A Windows browser for print CSS?
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 10:11:09 +0200
Message-ID: <9r5t2b$6e4$1@swifty.westend.com>
"Your Name Here" <jim@agekko.com> wrote in message
> Could anyone point me to a good sourcce of information on formatting text
> for printing out?

What exactly you want to know?
Some things I do when I format for print:
- displaying additional URLs that weren't visible on screen, like
Email-Adresses or the URL of the current page
- trying to make links look more like normal text, since there
"clickability" is reduced to zero on paper anyway
- trying to fiddle around much less with fonts, i.e. it's more common I
don't switch to sans-serif and leave it at the default (serif in many
popular browsers)
- taking away some colors/ background-colors
- in general, not using any pixel values, absolute positioning, etc.
- when it's worth the time, optimizing page breaks, but this seems to lack
support currently even in browser supporting the CSS print media good
- sometimes, creating a special (on screen invisible) "cover" page for the
print out, with additional illustration; only when I know the client
definitely wants to print this and give it on to customers as brochure

Philipp Lenssen
M+R Infosysteme