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Printing resized text

Sent by Bob Easton on 16 September 2005 12:12


Ben Curtis wrote:
> 
> It seems that only in very few places on the web can I resize my  text, 
> then print, and have the printed text respect the new size I've  chosen. 
> I do this often, because most pages print edge to edge, which  is hard 
> to read, so I print 2-up (two shrunken pages, side-by-side  and rotated, 
> on one sheet of paper) to mimic columns. But if the  print is too small, 
> I try to enlarge it before printing. Sometimes it  works; most times it 
> doesn't.
> 
> Is there some CSS thing that either helps or hinders the print  version 
> taking the same resized text as the screen version? Although  my reason 
> for discovering the failure is not common, I suspect that  people who 
> enlarge text on the screen will want it larger on paper,  and I don't 
> want to get in the way of that.
> 

Interesting question.  It is especially pertinent if you are thinking 
about using "Zoom" layouts, which make it even easier to enlarge text in 
ways that don't break a page into an unreadable mess. (1)

Imagine letting people switch to a zoom layout and then print from that. 
  This is a scenario that calls for no print style sheet, and having the 
zoom sheet set for type="screen, projection, print".

Another scenario suggests having no explicit print style sheet, or one 
that makes absolutely no font-size declarations.

(1) http://www.alistapart.com/articles/lowvision

-- 
Bob Easton
Accessibility Matters: http://access-matters.com

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