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Need advise to Print a Report

I want to send a report to a user's printer when they click a PRINT button, but I don't know how.

The user will make selections on a Setup Page, then CONTINUE to a Preview page, where the recordset is displayed in columns in a TEXTAREA box.
Then the user will click PRINT, and that's when this theoretical report will pop out of their printer.  Only in a different format than they see on the screen (because the report may be several pages long, and the TEXTAREA scrolls)

Can anybody tell me how to get it to do that?

The data is in Access.

Should I design the report in HTML based on the values in Session variables returned using Java?

Then how will I send the report back?.

If this is not an appropriate question for the HTML venue, then I will ask it somewhere else.

Thanks,
David
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webwomanCommented:
A few things...

You can't get columns in a textarea field.
Form fields don't print well. (I see you realize this)
You can't print what's not in the browser.

Do it this way...

Have them make their selections. DO NOT MAKE ANY 'PREVIEW' PAGE. You don't need it. Set the results up in a table so you can have your columns, keep it to appx 500 px wide, no form fields at all in this part. Then, put a button (a form button or a graphic) that allows them to print. You'd set it with a window.print() link/function. That will bring up the print dialog box. You could also have a button to take them back to the originating form/selection page if they don't like what they see in the results.

You're not going to get it to print correctly if the table is very wide. You can't FORCE them to print it landscape. If this is a complex, long table, your best bet is to make it a PDF, directly from the database (you can force it in asp/php, probably other ways too) and then have that open in the browser. You have much better control over font size, page breaks, etc. in a PDF.
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zehebCommented:
<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
     window.print()  
</SCRIPT>
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DavidWareAuthor Commented:
webwoman,
I don't know why I didn't receive an email when you posted your comment. I thought no one had any ideas.  I'm glad zaheb commented also, or I might have not come back here to look.

I will try these suggestions!

Thanks, David
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DavidWareAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that reply.
I confess that I did not yet return to that project, so i will award the points and return here when I get reassigned to it.
Thanks again.
David
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