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printing in php

I have an online application that generates some data. Currently the data is
being displayed in browsers using basic html. Each set of data generates a
separate report. I want to send these reports to the printer without having
to open each one and then click on print. ;-). If I take each report that is
generated and convert it into a string and then send it to the printer, I
get the html tags too. Hmmm...obviously this in not good. :-)

How do I get rid of the formatting tags and just print the formatted data in
any format?

Thanks, Mike

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On Mon, 15 Aug 2005 15:01:22 -0600, "Michael G" <mi****@montana.com> wrote:
I have an online application that generates some data. Currently the data is
being displayed in browsers using basic html. Each set of data generates a
separate report. I want to send these reports to the printer without having
to open each one and then click on print. ;-). If I take each report that is
generated and convert it into a string and then send it to the printer, I
get the html tags too. Hmmm...obviously this in not good. :-)
Which printer? PHP can only send data to the printer connected to the server.

Client-side would require Javascript - window.print(), I think it is the
function to request the client to print, if permitted/appropriate/possible.
How do I get rid of the formatting tags and just print the formatted data in
any format?


http://uk2.php.net/strip_tags is the most primitive way of doing this, but
might work for your purposes.

If you're printing from the server then perhaps you want to render HTML as
Postscript and dump that to the printer - try searching for "html2ps".

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Aug 15 '05 #2

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On Mon, 15 Aug 2005 15:01:22 -0600, "Michael G" <mi****@montana.com>
wrote:
I have an online application that generates some data. Currently the data
is
being displayed in browsers using basic html. Each set of data generates a
separate report. I want to send these reports to the printer without
having
to open each one and then click on print. ;-). If I take each report that
is
generated and convert it into a string and then send it to the printer, I
get the html tags too. Hmmm...obviously this in not good. :-)
Which printer? PHP can only send data to the printer connected to the
server.


server
How do I get rid of the formatting tags and just print the formatted data
in
any format?


http://uk2.php.net/strip_tags is the most primitive way of doing this, but
might work for your purposes.


strip the tags = strip the format.
That's no good. I want maintain the format.
If you're printing from the server then perhaps you want to render HTML as
Postscript and dump that to the printer - try searching for "html2ps".


Thanks.

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