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page size for printing

avatoria2000 Does anyone know how to set up width of the HTML document to be more usefull for printing>
I am fresh in HTML and when I try to print my docs- this fails...because the page is cutted on the edges etc.
I just wander if its possible.
Does anyone know what to do to prepare pages of ebook good for printing?


Posted on: 12:27 am on August 31, 2002
Alaska Wojie -

You can create two different style sheets to define your margins- say, 'regular.css', and 'print.css'.  

The 'print.css' file would have a body style with a larger "margin-right:" value:

body  { margin-right: 30pt }

Then, just add these lines to the < HEAD> section of your html page:

< LINK REL="stylesheet" MEDIA="screen" TYPE="text/css" HREF="regular.css">
< LINK REL="stylesheet" MEDIA="print"  TYPE="text/css" HREF="print.css">

 Selecting 'Print' from either the menu bar or the right-click context menu will print using your 'print.css' style sheet.

Or, you may decide to build a separate document and include it with the book, as the default print document, by adding this in the < HEAD> section:

< link rel=alternate media=print href="alternate.doc">

Both the print button and right-click menu option will print the "alternate.doc" (or .rtf file) instead of what's displayed onscreen. Your "alternate.doc" can contain a nicely formatted page, or even a short message that this book cannot be printed.

As always, remove the space after the inital '<' symbol when you paste in these meta tags.  They were added so that the tags would display on the forum.

best -

(Edited by Alaska at 7:40 pm on Nov. 2, 2002)

Posted on: 8:16 am on November 2, 2002

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