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    printer friendly commerce website pages

    Why is it that when printing many website pages margins are usually to narrow, portions of the pages may not print, etc.,etc. and how does one go about designing print friendly page.
    Re-phrasing question and a bit more info as to why I'm asking same.
    In the process of preparing paste ups and preliminary sketches for e-commerce site I hope to have developed.
    Will ultimately give this info to a few design/developers for quotes.
    Want the sketches to be fairly close to what the site will look like but don't want to show or request items that may be impossible to accomplish.
    The question really may be more of a critique of the majority of the sites that I visit.
    Most often the left margin is to narrow for three hole punching of the page for inserting in a 3 ring binder. In addition portions of the text on the right side may be cut off when printing in portrait. Usually in this case one has to print in landscape to get the whole text. Another annoying one is when a portion of one page is printed on the following page
    (To avoid these problems I would guess you could link it to a pdf but this is a pain also.)
    Can a designer set up site so that you can print what your actually looking at page by page or is this something one has to live with.
    Thanks
    Last edited by toro90; Feb 28th, 2015 at 10:36 PM. Reason: re-phrasing question

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    You can setup a custom style sheet for printing that will automatically be used when someone decides to print from the browser.

    Im really curious WHY tho? Why would anyone be printing your site? Maybe people do print these things i don't though and am curious why someone would?


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    Thanks very much for your response VA.
    When visiting a site I will often print the home page and then any page that shows the particular product or service I am interested in.
    Its mainly for future ref.
    I find it much faster to look at a hard copy in a file then to go back to the site and scroll thru a lot of info I may have no interest in.
    Additionally I often mark up the printed copies with my thoughts re. the product and can compare same to other manuf. that have similar offerings.
    Thanks Again

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    You're not the only one. It's fairly common among older people (anecdotally, I'd say 45+).

    To answer your question, yes it can be solved and no it doesn't take very much. It's a subset of "responsive design", which in its purest laymanesque terms is "we'll adjust the layout of the page based on whatever it is you're using to look at the page". Print stylesheets were sort of a precursor to it, but were very rarely used.

    If you want a quick way to make a page printable, have the developer make sure it fits on a cell phone. If it fits on a cell phone, it'll fit on a printed page in all likelihood.
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    Ahh that makes sense. I've never done it but i can completely understand. I get the ease of hardcopy over digital very well. I had a digital textbook last semester and it drove me crazy. Never thought id prefer a hardcopy over something digital but it does make a lot of difference.


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