[Whatwg] Request for HTML-only print link

Stijn Peeters stijn.p at hccnet.nl
Sat Jul 28 12:54:10 PDT 2007

Křištof Želechovski schreef:
> href="print://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/" is no good; 
> it asks the browser to find the resource using the print protocol. But 
> the print protocol is for printing, not for finding resources; I 
> imagine it could be used for finding out some printer configuration 
> parameters (similar to the way printers with a network interface only 
> can be configured) and to submit documents for printing, nothing more.
> How about
> <form
> action="print://host_name/printer_name/?
> href=&quo;http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/&quo;&
> palette=mono&
> copies=3&
> mode=draft,booklet&
> stapled=top" method="post" ><input type="submit" value="Print 
> me"></form >? It feels better to me. Of course, the arguments would be 
> interpreted by the browser, not by the printer, contrary to what the 
> syntax suggests, but I think this problem is much smaller and I can 
> swallow it in spite of being a purist.
> The idea that a fragment can address a block element is quite 
> interesting; in the old days a reference to #name would usually 
> correspond to an anchor with the same name—and you cannot embrace a 
> block-level element with an anchor. I think it is still common 
> practice to put the named anchor around the section header and not 
> around the whole section, which would require a division, not an anchor.
> I did not want to say that printing is obsolete; I wanted to say that 
> asking the customer to print is obsolete. Sorry for the 
> misunderstanding. Your site should not lose functionality because your 
> customer does not have a printer.
> Cheers
> Chris
A link of the format print://host_name/printer_name would never be 
feasible because on the server side it can not be properly guessed what 
the name of the printer and the server it is on (if any) on the client 
side would be. A theoretical solution would be somehow finding the 
printer's location via Javascript (though this is fundamentally 
impossible, as far as I know), in which case you could as well use 

Besides, no such protocol exists, and defining it is as I pointed out 
earlier not in the scope of the specs the WHATWG is working on.



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