[Whatwg] Request for HTML-only print link

Sander html5 at zoid.nl
Fri Jul 27 21:17:48 PDT 2007

Anthony Jawad schreef:
>> This dependency should not be necessary for something like printing 
>> as it is basic functionality in most browsers (not sure about mobile 
>> devices though).
> I think your concern about mobile devices emphasizes why this is 
> probably a bad idea: the fact that such a feature would make no sense 
> for many sorts of user agents suggests that it's very fundamentally 
> beyond the scope of HTML.

Perhaps you're right. You sure need a printer to print of course, 
although you cannot check for that either, even with client side scripting.
But what about the mailto-pseudo-protocol then? If you have no 
configurated email client installed on the system you're working on then 
that won't work either.

Perhaps a solution would be for user agents that don't have a print 
feature to hide these print links or, even better, to provide a way to 
print to file.


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