[Whatwg] Request for HTML-only print link

Křištof Želechovski giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl
Sat Jul 28 14:31:48 PDT 2007

You need not configure the printer from the HTML if you do not want to; I
only wanted to show what is ultimately possible.  I think it could make
sense on corporate intranet.  You can strip my example to what you consider
essential if you like, but once we agree upon such a feature, it seems
unwise to forbid such constructs.

In short, your idea was not that wide, but this is its natural scope.  If
this scope is too wide for you, you should reconsider whether your initial
proposition is appropriate at all.




-----Original Message-----
From: Sander [mailto:html5 at zoid.nl] 
Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2007 11:22 PM
To: Křištof Želechovski; whatwg at whatwg.org
Subject: Re: [Whatwg] Request for HTML-only print link


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 



<http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/&quo;&> &quo;&




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

The idea was not to dictate from HTML how the printer should behave (number
of copies, color, etc.). This should be up to the visitor, who can manage
that in the print prompt. The request was about an alternative to
javascript:print() where there would be no need for client-side scripting.
I probably gave this discussion a wrong turn by saying that a
print-pseudo-protocol would perhaps be a good solution. I guess i should not
have done so as my knowledge about such things is minimal.


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