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CSS for Printing Pages October 15, 2006

Posted by Binny V A in Digg Links.

You’ve seen them before: links that say “click here for printer-friendly version” or words to that effect. Why bother, when the power to offer your readers a better view of your material in print is no further away than a well-structured document and a media-specific style sheet?

Say no to “printer-friendly” versions and yes to printer-specific style sheets. CSS expert Eric Meyer shows how to conceive and design print style sheets that automatically format web content for off-screen delivery. Includes tips on hiding inappropriate content, styling text for the printer, and displaying the URL of every link on the page.

A very underused technique. I have used this to great effect in my online sudoku script. Open up the sudoku page and choose File-<Print Preview – you will see the difference.

By Eric Meyer.

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