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Printing invoices with php/mysql

Posted on 2003-10-24
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Hi I'm developing a customer system with php and mysql, but i need to print invoices not in a lasser or inkjet printer but on impact (matrix) printer, and manipulate by strings (i guess) the output to use pre printed forms

I saw using javascript can do it, or with microsoft templates, but both are using a laser printer

Can someone help me with this thing telling me how can i do it?

thanks

Regards
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The type of printer you ultimately output to is irrelevant here. What has worked for me in the past is to output your data into a popup window with a 'print' button and add a form button like

<input type='button' value='Print' onClick='window.print();'>

Since you are printing onto a preexisting template getting the correct layout of the information is the critical part. Using tables and a good style sheet will get you the output you want.
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by:Alejandro_Lopez
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Good way to solve the problem, i just tried and work fine (depending on the installation of the printer generic text or driver) but it is related to IE, and i'm just trying not to depend on any browser feature or plattaform. Don't you know any javascript solution??

thanks
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The 'window' object is just javascript. Its not IE dependant. Neither is the <INPUT> element.
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by:clayroad
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The question is whether you want to print to a printer attached to a server or attached to the client....

If you need to print an invoice clientside, you should probably use the window.print() function of JavaScript. You can't avoid the 'select printer' popup here. Another option might be a Java-applet (should be platform independant), although I'm not sure about that.

If you need to print an invoice serverside, you can use PHP printer functions (see http://www.php.net/printer). This probably works for network printers as well, as long as the printer has been defined on the server.
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