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Re: [agile-usability] Re: Print Page

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  • Daniel Naumann
    I totally agree there should be a specialised print format - I mentioned this in my previous post. The browser print function uses the same print
    Message 1 of 7 , Aug 7, 2008
      I totally agree there should be a specialised print format - I mentioned this in my previous post.  The browser print function uses the same print format/stylesheet as the print link would.  The only difference is whether you have the explicit link or not.

      if there isn't an explicit link, would users not print or would they fall back to the browser print anyway?

      Actually I've just realised this is completely off topic for this list.  Sorry :)


      2008/8/8 Vijay Hanumolu <vijju2k@...>

      I agree with you Scott.  Its very frustrating, especially if the users of your site need to print a lot. Also, in some instance users prefer to read it online if we provide the PDF download format.

      Another way to look at it, providing explicit print-format can help reduce multiple prints thus avoiding wastage - Go Green :).

      On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 9:48 AM, Scott Preece <sepreece@...> wrote:


      I generally prefer an explicit print-format option, because otherwise I have to use Print Preview to figure out whether it's got a print stylesheet or just doesn't support printing.

      I end up printing a lot of stuff to read off-line and I end up using Aardvark a lot to isolate the content, because so sites either don't have a print format or screw it up...


      ----- Original Message ----
      From: Daniel Naumann <danielnaumann@...>
      To: agile-usability@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, August 7, 2008 7:46:18 AM
      Subject: Re: [agile-usability] Re: Print Page

      What about the option of not having an explicit print option/link but rely on the browser print function (and a print stylesheet)?  This is a discussion that has come up a few times at work.

      Obviously you have to factor in your audience (are they aware of the browser print?).

      To be honest I haven't done a lot of explicit research or heavily investigated the topics.  I'd be interested to hear if anyone has - and if you've found the explicit link/option is best, then I guess the original question of (general) best location still stands.


      2008/8/1 meszaros_susan <susan.meszaros@ xprime.com. au>

      We have ongoing similar problems in the web application we're
      developing, and unless there is an obvious usability standard to
      follow, we spend a little bit of time arguing pros and cons of here or
      there, and then agree that the best is to test!

      You can easily throw together a paper prototype and pass it by half a
      dozen of your normal friends (not computer people). If there isn't an
      obvious outcome, test a few more. If there still isn't an obvious
      outcome then you can probably safely use either (unless your
      prototypes are misleading).

      Of course it may be contextual in that sometimes it makes sense to
      have it in one place and other times elsewhere...

      This approach has worked for us, not just to get a better outcome but
      to keep the team heading in the same direction instead of bogging down
      in senseless (il)logical argument.


      --- In agile-usability@ yahoogroups. com, "thebilbos" <thebilbos@.. .> wrote:
      > I'm looking for some input on the proper location for a "Print page"
      > link on a web page/form.
      > We have historically put this link in the upper right hand corner of
      > the form, however, questions have been raised on whether it makes more
      > sense to include this link with the other action buttons (Submit,
      > Cancel) that are located at the bottom of the screen.
      > What makes it a little more interesting is that we have "navigation"
      > in the upper right hand corner that is unrelated to both the Print
      > page and action buttons...
      > I'd appreciate thoughts from those that may have dealt with something
      > similar.
      > Thanks so much,
      > Heidi

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