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Print in IE6 mixed results, help please!

Hello,

I have a client who wants their website to print exactly as it looks
on the screen. Yes, exactly. No hiding anything. In IE6, some pages
print perfectly fine, some print fine but also churn out some blank
pages, and some print nothing at all. We're trying to find the
commonalities among the 3 groups, but there are none, it's totally
random.

On some pages that don't print, merely deleting a paragraph of content
causes the page to print beautifully. The paragraph deleted does not
matter, just deleting any bit of content (a paragraph, a list, etc)
fixes the problem.

Because the design is wide, content gets cut off, but the real issue
is the blank pages.

Has anyone seen this? I have recommended to the client to hide
navigation and other non-essential items, but they don't want anything
hidden, so that's not a suggestion I can use, unfortunately.

TIA,
carrera

Oct 23 '07 #1
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je*****@gmail.com wrote:
Hello,

I have a client who wants their website to print exactly as it looks
on the screen. Yes, exactly. No hiding anything. In IE6, some pages
print perfectly fine, some print fine but also churn out some blank
pages, and some print nothing at all. We're trying to find the
commonalities among the 3 groups, but there are none, it's totally
random.

On some pages that don't print, merely deleting a paragraph of content
causes the page to print beautifully. The paragraph deleted does not
matter, just deleting any bit of content (a paragraph, a list, etc)
fixes the problem.

Because the design is wide, content gets cut off, but the real issue
is the blank pages.

Has anyone seen this? I have recommended to the client to hide
navigation and other non-essential items, but they don't want anything
hidden, so that's not a suggestion I can use, unfortunately.
Tell them they aren't the expert then! What use is a navigation menu when
printed out?

I expect you can hack a fix to the pages to make them more static using the
@media print
statement in CSS. Check http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2/media.html for more
information.
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Brendan Gillatt
brendan {at} brendangillatt {dot} co {dot} uk
http://www.brendangillatt.co.uk
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Oct 23 '07 #2
je*****@gmail.com wrote:
>
I have a client who wants their website to print exactly as it looks
on the screen.
Tell them they can want world peace, too, but that doesn't mean they'll
get it. Show them how to do a Print Screen. Then use a sensible print
stylesheet that their *users* would appreciate.
In IE6, some pages
print perfectly fine, some print fine but also churn out some blank
pages, and some print nothing at all.
There are several reasons why IE might do these things, but it's
impossible to say what without seeing a URL.
Because the design is wide, content gets cut off, but the real issue
is the blank pages.
The 2 could very well be related. Post a URL.

--
Berg
Oct 23 '07 #3

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