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Does anyone know how to print all frames on a page from netscape.  I know the option exist in IE4 but some of my audience may have netscape.  Is there a java script or any code that will allow for this
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Michel Plungjan earned 20 total points
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You have two possibilities
1. if the framelayout must be one one page, you must recreate the files shown in a table and load that page - this is the ONLY way all frames can be on one printed page in netscape
2. If you just need to print the framecontents on separate pages, Netscape 4 supports the print() function.
A button to do it could look like this:

<FORM><INPUT TYPE="BUTTON" VALUE="Print all frames"
ONCLICK="if (self.print) for (i=0,n=top.frames.length;i<n;i++) top.frames[i].print();">
</FORM>

The line starting with ONCLICK is all on one line until ">

Michel
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by:mragg
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I don't understand.
My situation is that I have a frame header with colums that must match up to a frame containing content for the header.  
look at my diagram:
 --------------
 |   header   |  
 --------------
 |   content  |
 |            |
 |            |
 --------------
Both are in a table that align.  I need people to be able to print this on one page or else the content page doesn't make sense.
Thanks for the response.
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by:Michel Plungjan
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If you use frames as in
<FRAMESET ROWS="100,*">
<FRAME SRC="header.htm">
<FRAME SRC="content.htm">
</FRAMESET>

there is currently no way to get Netscape to print these two files
-yes, they are on the screen at the same time but they are two separate files! -
on one piece of paper.
The user may press print-screen, paste it into a pint program and print that file but that is not what you want.

So to get the same effect, you have to create a new document, with a table set up the same way (or as near as possible) as the frames, containing the same data as in the header and in the contents.

So if Header.htm contains

<HTML>
<CENTER>
Now is the time for all good persons
</CENTER>
</HTML>

and Contents.htm contains

<HTML>
<CENTER>
to come the the aid of their browsers
</CENTER>
</HTML>

you will have to create a new document (let's call it printable.htm) containing

<HTML>
<CENTER>
<TABLE>
<TR>
   <TD><IMG SRC="transparent.gif" width=1 height=100></TD>
   <TD ALIGN="CENTER">Now is the time for all good persons</TD></TR>
<TR>
   <TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD ALIGN="CENTER">to come the the aid of their browsers</TD>
</TR>
</TABLE>
</CENTER>
</HTML>

and print this instead.

You may use a hidden frame to load it:

<FRAMESET ROWS="100,*,*">
<FRAME NAME="HEADER" SRC="header.htm">
<FRAME NAME="CONTENT" SRC="content.htm">
<FRAME NAME="HIDDEN" SRC="printable.htm">
</FRAMESET>
 
and print it with top.HIDDEN.print();

Hope this helped clarifiy it. (I know, the solution stinks, but that is life on the www sometimes, sigh)

Michel
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