[Whatwg] Request for HTML-only print link

Stijn Peeters stijn.p at hccnet.nl
Sat Jul 28 12:21:00 PDT 2007

Sander schreef:
> Stijn Peeters schreef:
>> Sander schreef:
>>> Křištof Želechovski schreef:
>>>> The acronym URL expands to "Uniform Resource **Locator**”. The 
>>>> string “print:#” does not match this spec: it is not a locator, it 
>>>> is a processing instruction. BTW, the full form of the local URL 
>>>> “#” can be viewed as “html:#” (whether it is allowed by the URL 
>>>> standard or not) which means that you need a URL to access the 
>>>> resource you want to print; prefixing it with “print:” would result 
>>>> in a double URL scheme, which is unacceptable. Therefore it is 
>>>> better to use a special target, if any.
>>> Would href="print://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/" 
>>> have been better then?
>> I think new URI schemes are outside the scope of the WHATWG work. See 
>> also http://rfc.net/std0066.html#s3.1. and http://rfc.net/rfc2718.html
> My initial request was not about a specific technique, but about a 
> functionality. If a pseudo-protocol is not an option, maybe there's 
> another solution.
> cheers,
> Sander
Certainly, just wanted to point out that in the case you'd consider a 
URI scheme the best option, this was not the appropriate place to 
discuss it further.

As for the request itself, I think I agree with Lachlan: I do not see a 
real reason to implement something that is already perfectly covered by 
javascript:print(). It is indeed basic funtionality of most browsers but 
I think this is also a reason _not_ to implement a specific attribute or 
element for this, as it would be redundant. Javascript has traditionally 
been used as a means of accessing the browser's functionality (back, 
forward, refresh, input prompts, confirmation dialogs...) and printing 
fits well in there.



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