Printing Web Pages on this Website
Table of Contents:
Click any of the following links to go to that bookmark (or heading). You can then return to the top of the page (e.g. by pressing <Alt> + <Left Arrow> or <Ctrl> + <Home>), and select a different section, thus allowing you to use this list as a Table of Contents:
1. General Printing Tips / 1.1 Colour Coded Text and Background Colours and Images / 1.2 Page Margins / 2. All Web Pages on this Site are Printer-friendly (up to a Point) / 2.1 The Sections of a Web Page that One Wouldn’t Want to be Printed Don’t Print / 2.2 Some Text that Prints is Hidden when Viewing a Web Page on Screen / 2.3 Hyperlinks and Urls / 2.4 Serif Fonts when Printing
General Printing Tips
Colour Coded Text and Background Colours and Images
For best results (and to avoid wasting paper unnecessarily), it is a good idea to set up your page margins for printing web pages on this site as follows:
You can do this in most browsers by going to File + Page Setup (or in Opera, go to File + Print Options).
Safari for Windows is an exception, as although it allows one to change the print margins, doing so results in very poor print quality, for some reason. To be fair, though, it is still in beta.
All Web Pages on this Site are Printer-friendly (up to a Point)
All of the web pages on this site are printer-friendly in the normal meaning of the phrase, as discussed in the sections that follow. (You can see how a web page will print without wasting paper by selecting File + Print Preview in your web browser).
To be more precise:
The Sections of a Web Page that One Wouldn’t Want to be Printed Don’t Print
All of the web pages on this site use a print media css file (see http://tinyurl.com/r69y for details of what that means), that hides those parts of the web page that are intended for viewing on screen only. For example, the menu and footer (the simulated “status bar”) do not print; nor does the dark grey backdrop on every page; nor do the simulated “document page” borders; and neither do the icons above each “document page”. As a result, the printed pages look much as they would if each web page were really a Word or PDF document, in that background colours, borders, and images that are part of the real content of the page do print, while the rest do not.
Some Text that Prints is Hidden when Viewing a Web Page on Screen
Hyperlinks and Urls
Serif Fonts when Printing
Different fonts are used for the body text in the print-outs from those that are displayed on screen. Because computer screens display text at a much lower resolution than most printed text, the serifs in serif fonts (the tiny horizontal lines at the bottom of each letter, as in this example) are generally thought to reduce readability when reading text on screen; whereas at the much higher resolutions of most modern printers, the serifs are much more clear and take one’s eye across the line as one reads, reducing the effort required. When reading long documents that have been printed at high resolution, it is generally accepted that the use of serif fonts in body text increases readability and reduces eye strain – which is why, for instance, most books and academic papers use serif fonts for body text, whereas many magazines and tabloid newspapers, whose articles tend to be relatively short, use sans serif fonts, which are considered to be prettier.
So the web pages on this site all display sans serif body text on screen, but print serif body text.