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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.


Bob Easton
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