Web Design & Development Guide
Printer friendly is a term used on the
Internet to describe a version of a web page formatted for printing.
Normally, web pages include information and navigation content that is
only useful while browsing the website. Printer friendly pages are
designed to fit on an 8.5"x11" or A4 sheet (see paper sizes) and include only the content of the page, along with
Printer friendly pages are usually accessed through a link on the standard
Wikipedia has a link to printer friendly versions of articles in the toolbox
menu to the left.
Designing printer-friendly pages with CSS
Web page designers can use
CSS2 media types to create one set of styles for display on a computer
screen, and another for printing. For example, navigation areas might be set as
display:none in the print stylesheet to remove them from the printed output, and
sans-serif fonts replaced by serif fonts for ease of reading. This technique eliminates the need for a
separate printer-friendly page to be maintained.
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="screen.css" media="screen" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="printing.css" media="print" />
Cascading Style Sheets
Fahrner Image Replacement
Techniques for creating a User Centered Design