RE: Printing Wide HTML Webpages

Subject: RE: Printing Wide HTML Webpages
From: "Laurel Hickey" <lhickey -at- 2morrow -dot- bc -dot- ca>
To: "'Edwin Skau'" <eddy -dot- skau -at- gmail -dot- com>, "'CB Casper'" <knowone -at- surfy -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 23:00:23 -0800

Excuse me if this has already been suggested, but you could do what retail
product review websites often do when comparing similar products against a
set list of features. Often what you get is a list of products with minimal
information but with a check box next to each. You check those you want to
compare and a matrix containing the selected products appears with values
for each feature. This is a simple database solution that lets the consumer
choose what they want to see. You can also have the print feature of this
matrix run off a different css so that it prints nicely on regular paper.

Of course this doesn't work if the people really, really need to see the
whole thing at once.

If so, just provide enough print-friendly PDF options for your big matrix,
clearly labelled as to paper requirements and number of pages to get the
full thing. And I'd rather just go linear on the multiple sheets (fewer
products across) rather than tile sideways and tell people to hunt for the
tape. With any luck there may be some logical divisions of products and you
can offer PDFs of each.

Laurel Hickey
2morrow writing & document design
lhickey -at- 2morrow -dot- bc -dot- ca


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.


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