Re: Printing Wide HTML Webpages

Subject: Re: Printing Wide HTML Webpages
From: Edwin Skau <eddy -dot- skau -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: CB Casper <knowone -at- surfy -dot- net>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 09:58:45 +0530

Does Everybody need All that data?

If yes, you're stuck with that format, as there's no other way besides
tiling (ugh!) to deal with that.

If not, you can profile a list of users based on information required
from that table. Then you can either use pivot tables to create more
manageable output, or dump this in access and create queries to churn
out customized reports for each profile. This would require some
Access knowhow, but that isn't too hard to figure out.

-edwin



On 11/23/05, CB Casper <knowone -at- surfy -dot- net> wrote:
> We provide an HTML page created from an Excel file
> that contains a large matrix of products and their
> suitability in various other server products. We use
> Excel to allow us to format this complicated table
> with enough cells to be readable. We used to use
> FrameMaker, but it presented too many obstacles to
> presenting the material.
>
> In order to get the information readable, the
> spreadsheet is wider than a standard paper page.
> Printing (or PDF) from Excel would result in a
> 4 page matrix, 2 x 2 or larger. We have about a
> dozen similar documents to deal with.
>
> We chose to provide this in HTML because we couldn't
> find a way to format it such that it would print well.
>
> If I pre-format it to print as a PDF, it would end
> up being chopped up into partial pieces forcing
> users to cut and paste with scissors and tape to
> resurrect the matrix or shrink it so small that users
> would not be able to read it.
>
> Does anyone know of a solution to provide a decent
> printable document for large matrices, spreadsheets,
> or other document that is larger than standard paper?
>
> I could format it for non-standard paper, but that
> again would make it difficult, if not impossible for
> anyone without a large format printer to print it.
>
> We are leaving it up to the user to figure out how
> to print the information presented on the webpage.
>
> This isn't ideal, but it seems we are leaving it for
> those who want to print the matrix to figure it out
> for themselves.
>
> Is there some hint we can provide on the webpage
> that will help people to print a large HTML page?
>
> CB - stumped in sunny CA
>
>
>
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