Keeping it Simple

a Special Report  
"Print-Friendly Pages"

                 Print-Friendly Pages
                              by Larry (Momp) Poch         CLICK HERE for DEMO
	                   --------------------              of 'Print-Friendly' page

At some time or other we have all wanted to print a web page 
we are viewing. This usually means printing a lot of stuff we 
don't need or want, like banner ads, sidebar links, graphics, 
and much more. What is one to do..!

Web pages are laid out to look good and be friendly to online 
readers. They use tables, columns, backgrounds, and images mixed 
in with the textual content. This online layout seldom looks good 
in a printed format. In a print version we want the information 
in a neatly organized readable format, without all the window 
So when designing our site lets make our visitors happy and give 
them an option. On some of the more important pages lets offer 
them a "printer-friendly" page, as well as the online version of 
the page.

                  "Printer-friendly" Page Design Layout:

Page Width: 
The "printer-friendly" page should print on a standard 8-1/2 x 11 
sheet of paper. To accomplish this limit your line width to 500 
pixels or less.

Background and Text:
The use of black text on a white background allows for good contrast 
on the printed page. It is also a good idea to align the text to the 
left for easier readability.

Site Navigation: 
It is a good idea to have the "printer-friendly" page open in a new 
window, with a "close window" link on the page.

Author Byline:
If there is a chance the info maybe used in a newsletter or other 
publication it is a good idea to include an author byline at the 
bottom of the page. This should include the authors name, and the 
URL of the site or "printer-friendly" page.

Linking to the "printer-friendly" page

In Internet Explorer 4.0 and higher you can use the link tag to send 
the "printer-friendly" version of the page directly to the printer 
when your visitor clicks on print. 

Place this code in the HEAD section of your page, between the <head> 
and </head> tags.

<link rel=alternate media=print 
Note: this works ONLY in Internet Explorer version 4.0 and up.


There is another way that works for all browsers, it is a simple hyper 
link to the "printer-friendly" page. This is where you may want the page 
open in a new window, with a "close window" link on the page.

Hyper link example(will open in new window):

<a href="" target="_blank">
Printer Friendly Page</a>

Note: if you do not want the page to open in a new window remove the
target="_blank" attribute from the hyper link.

Close Window Button code:

<form method="post">  
<input type="button" value="Close Window"  


Remember, you can have some of the best content (info) around, but if
your site is not fast loading, user-friendly, and easy to navigate...
the company won't stay long and probably will not come back...!


Larry (Momp) is the Owner and Web Master of Momp's Web Design and
MWD News newsletter. In addition to the fee-based web design service,
it is his goal to provide free design info, web tools, content, and
services to help you build and promote your site.


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