[whatwg] window.print() when printing is not supported

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Mar 26 14:40:39 PDT 2010

On Fri, 26 Mar 2010, Philipp Serafin wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:18 PM, Ian Hickson<ian at hixie.ch>  wrote:
> > What could a Web page do that a browser couldn't do better in the same 
> > situation? (The browser could offer a PDF, so having the site offer a 
> > PDF when there's no printer doesn't seem like a good solution.)
> One scenario could be mobile devices that really have nothing even 
> remotely comparable to a printing functionality. For those, it could 
> make sense to hide "print this page" links to provide more screen real 
> estate.
> I admit though, that's a rather esoteric use case ...

It's a valid use case, indeed. Probably not enough to justify adding a 
way to detect if the UA usefully supports window.print(), though.

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