Printing Reports From Your Web Browser
Most clients do not have a problem printing their assessment
reports, but I have seen some printed reports where the page
formatting was off considerably. Web documents do not contain page
breaks or other traditional print formatting commands. If your pages
are not formatting correctly, here are a few tips that you can try
which will hopefully resolve most or all of the problem. The
following settings are assumed for proper printing:
- Screen Resolution 800 x 600
- Netscape 3.0 or above
- Netscape Communicator
- IE 4.0 or above
- Page Setup
- Top Margin =
- Bottom Margin = 0.50"
- Left Margin
- Right Margin =
The left and right margins should be set to their lowest settings.
Just enter "0" and browser should default to your
printer's minimum required settings.
Web documents look fine on the screen because they
are designed for visual presentation in web browsers. It is
surprising that there are no standardized printing formats such as
page length, left and right margins, indents and tabs.
All web pages are written in a language called
HTML. That language does not provide printer page formatting
capabilities so there is no way to control when a document should
start printing on a new page. This is a severe limitation
which poses numerous problems for the printing of reports.
There are also differences with the various web browsers that have
to be considered, not to mention the bugs that are found in
different versions of the various browsers.
Candidate Resources, Inc., has developed a fairly stable method
to do page formatting on the printer. This method has been tested
extensively on several different brands of laser printers and some
testing has been done using a Canon color inkjet printer. You
can print the evaluation reports with almost any web browser and
printer, but Netscape seems to print the different pages properly,
i.e. page headings and footers correctly.
Internet Explorer version 3.x does not print properly.
It displays on the screen as intended to, but when you try to print
a report, IE 3.x fouls up the vertical formatting and will print
part of the following page on the current page and so forth.
The report will be completely accurate, but the page formatting will
be off. IE 4.0 seems to work correctly.
There are other techniques that can be utilized to
get a clean printed report if you are having difficulties that
cannot be resolved. For instance, you can save the file to
your disk as an HTML file. Just be sure to save the file as an
"HTML only" file and not as a complete web page.
Close your browser and then click on the file in Windows Explorer to
open it. When your browser reopens the file, try to print it
and see if it is formatted properly.
If that does not work, go to File, Send, and send
the report to yourself through email. When you receive the
email back, open the email and print the report. This usually
If none of the above seems to fix the problem and
you need a little help, let me know what browser you are using and
the version number and I will see if we can't find a fix for your
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