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Printing HTML background colors

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I've a HTML page that should be printed. A few table cells have a bgColor attribute, but the color is eliminated on the printed page.

How can I keep the background colors on the printed page? (is there any trick or walkaround?)
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by:lexxwern
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i dont think there is a workaround. but wait for others as iam not absolutely sure.

anyway it think it will depend on the browser itself, this is one of those cross browser issues
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In IE
Tools > internet options > advanced > printing > print background colors etc...

You cannot override the users settings - sorry,

Mal
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by:malcx
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>>(is there any trick or walkaround?)
Display the whole page a s a gif ;-)
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by:webwoman
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It's up to the user whether background colors/graphics print. They don't want them, they don't print. The default is for them NOT to print.

You can't override the user. They can override YOU, but not the other way around. It is THEIR computer/printer, after all. ;-)
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by:jarleberge
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I'm sure there is a workaround, ex. to implement a servlet which produces a bytestream of picture data and takes the content as a parameter. I was just wonderering if there was any pure HTML solutions.
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by:bruno
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>> I was just wonderering if there was any pure HTML solutions.

no.
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by:jsmckenzie
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check out the media stylesheet attribute.  It's not supported by all browsers though.

http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2/media.html

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by:CompuTurk
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In IE
Tools > internet options > advanced > printing > print background colors etc...

You cannot override the users settings - sorry,

Mal
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Here is an idea:  Ask users to turn this feature on.  =)

Good luck,
-CompuTurk
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by:kellene00
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I've tried turning the print background images feature on to print out a newsletter, the images were all printed out, but the printer started printing out all the webpages that were hyperlinked to the newsletter as well.  Does anyone know how to work around this?
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I've tried turning the print background images feature on to print out a newsletter, the images were all printed out, but the printer started printing out all the webpages that were hyperlinked to the newsletter as well.  Does anyone know how to work around this?
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I've tried turning the print background images feature on to print out a newsletter, the images were all printed out, but the printer started printing out all the webpages that were hyperlinked to the newsletter as well.  Does anyone know how to work around this?
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by:bruno
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I thought i remembered an option about "print all linked documents" but i can't find it....check your printer page setup... file > page setup
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This question has been abandoned. I will make a recommendation to the
moderators on its resolution in a week or two. I appreciate any comments
that would help me to make a recommendation.
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by:jsmckenzie
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delete... jarleberge hasn't responded in a month, and there's nothing really new or of interest in the comments (mine included).
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by:bruno
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does kellene00 = jarleberge?
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by:lexxwern
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bruno, jarleberge is the questioner.
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by:bruno
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read the thread lexx
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oops
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CT will be mad
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It is time to clean this abandoned question up.  

I am putting it on a clean up list for CS.

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delete  --  ATTENTION MOD -- Dup account?

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by:jarleberge
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...time to finalize the question. There's no easy solution to reuse the whole HTML design without telling the user to change the browser settings.
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