Printer-friendly blog pages

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Blogging
August 24th, 2003 • 4:47 pm

I have now added a “printer-friendly version” link in the footer below each Betalogue entry. The link takes you to a page where the corresponding blog entry is formatted using a printer-friendly layout and printer-friendly character and paragraph formatting.

The font size specified for these printer-friendly pages is 11 points. Unfortunately, Safari suffers from a nasty bug which causes it to print such pages using a huge font size — even though the printer-friendly page looks perfectly normal on-screen.

Things work fine in Camino and Internet Explorer, however.

There’s not much I can do about the Safari bug — except wait for the Safari team to fix it. In the mean time, you can use the following workaround: when viewing the printer-friendly page, before printing it, use Safari’s “Text Size” tool bar buttons to decrease the font size on screen. It’ll look very tiny on screen, but will result in an acceptable font size in print.

I am currently exploring the possibility to add a link to a printer-friendly version of each blog entry that also includes the comments.

6 Responses to “Printer-friendly blog pages”

  1. ssp says:

    I’ll just follow up our previous discussion here…

    1. Including a printing style sheet is much less clumsy than having an extra link.

    2. Safari actually fails to print most pages on my blog with an error – and an broken window state afterwards. So I couldn’t see that the font may be too large yet…

  2. Pierre Igot says:

    I’m going to be looking into adding a printing style sheet to the regular page… I have to learn more about the process first. :-)

    As for Safari’s printing problems, I guess we haven’t seen the end of them yet.

  3. Michael Williams says:

    You need this ;->

  4. Pierre Igot says:

    Mucho thanks :).

  5. Pierre Igot says:

    The problem I see with this approach is that it gives the user no preview of what he’s going to print. He’s forced to use Mac OS X’s built-in preview architecture, which involves a switch to the Preview application.

  6. bunn says:

    I tried it also and it worked great …Thanks!

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