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Re: Re: formatting web pages for a printer

by markjugg (Curate)
on Aug 27, 2002 at 15:40 UTC ( #193197=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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HTMLdoc does look like an excellent solution for a lot of cases. It looks it's been ported to FreeBSD as well. However, it failed my "quick probe" test with the demo provided, by cutting off a wide table instead of shrinking it to web page, or at least creating a second page in the PDF. Maybe that particular issue could be worked out by stricter HTML formatting, or some HTMLdoc configuration option...

It's not perfect, but it appears to be better than anything I've found. :) Thanks.


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Re: Re: Re: formatting web pages for a printer
by Hero Zzyzzx (Curate) on Aug 27, 2002 at 15:46 UTC

    Hmm. I haven't run into that issue yet mainly because I think fixed tables suck and should be avoided whenever possible. I assume that this wide table was a fixed width table?

    One other tip- I create an HTMLdoc specific template that I then use as the "base" page for pdf conversion- this allows you to ixnay the frivolous (sp?) graphics, leaving only the good stuff. This is a trivial operation if you have everything in a templatting system.

    HTMLdoc has an enormous amount of configuration options, I'd be surprised if you weren't able to tweak it to fix your problem on a system-wide basis.

    -Any sufficiently advanced technology is
    indistinguishable from doubletalk.

      I found that htmldoc does document this, and appears to have a fix-- I can set this option higher:
      The default browser width is 680 pixels which corresponds roughly to a 96 DPI display. Please note that your images and table sizes are equal to or smaller than the browser width, or your output will overlap or truncate in places.
      update: I found out the current version, 1.8.20, doesn't support printing html that appears inside of form related tags, such as input and textarea


Re^3: formatting web pages for a printer
by adrianh (Chancellor) on Aug 28, 2002 at 14:23 UTC

    If it's a pixel-fixed-width table you can fix this by passing a --browserwidth parameter to htmldoc that's greater than the total width of the table.


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