[Whatwg] Request for HTML-only print link

fantasai fantasai.lists at inkedblade.net
Sat Jul 28 06:42:32 PDT 2007

Sander wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm not sure whether this has been requested before, but the link to the 
> archives of this list seems to be broken at the moment, so I give it a 
> try...
> I'd like to see an extension of the hyperlink to give it an HTML-only 
> print function. Nowadays making a print link available from within a 
> website always involves client-side scripting. This dependency should 
> not be necessary for something like printing as it is basic 
> functionality in most browsers (not sure about mobile devices though).

Websites shouldn't need to have a print link, they should provide a print
style sheet with <link rel="stylesheet" media="print" src="...">. UAs should
be automatically applying the print style sheet when printing.

.all .irrelevant .navigation .and .advertisement .classes {
   display: none;

* {
   background: white !important;
   color: black !important;

should do the trick on a lot of sites if the author just bothers to put
it there. Of course the author could make the print result pretty, rather
than just a text dump. There are very few cases where a separate document
would be necessary.


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