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What solutions or techniques exist for offering users a printer-friendly versions of a webpage?

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I do a basic css stylesheet that I setup for "print" CSS media type.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/print.css" media="print"  />

In this stylesheet, I'll generally do a few things:

  • Hide any navigation elements that aren't relevant.
  • Hide any search elements.
  • Modify fonts and colors
  • Modify any widths that don't mesh with a printed page.
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+1 good answer. – Evan Plaice Jul 15 '10 at 0:58
Would be nice to see an example if at all possible. – delete Jul 15 '10 at 2:09
[shameless plug] I have it implemented on isearchnotes.com/single.php?id=59 view the print preview. to See. – corymathews Jul 15 '10 at 2:44
Here's a bit more detail: alistapart.com/articles/goingtoprint – Michael Mior Jul 15 '10 at 19:08
Oh yes, and this one: smashingmagazine.com/2007/02/21/… Both good resources. The first link I posted gives a nice overview though that is probably good enough. – Michael Mior Jul 15 '10 at 19:09

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