Printing to multiple printers

Posted on 2008-11-14
Last Modified: 2013-12-17
The situation is as follows. I have a Linux box running fedora/mono/mysql. This will be acting as a web server on an internal network. User will browse to the box using IE7 and do whatever work they need to do. On some pages they will need to print to a standard printer, other times they will need to print to a label printer. Is there a way to handle the printing without dialog boxes?
I can't have software installed on individual PC's to handle any print requests and I'm unsure as to whether Linux drivers are available for the massive range of printers that could get installed.
So how to print from a webpage to a local laser printer or label printer depending on the output without a dialog box  possible? At the moment I cant see that it is, I hope to be proved wrong.
Question by:aapjzz
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    by:Dustin Hopkins
    I'm not aware of anyway to do this using standard .net. Mainly because the browser along with the OS controls printing. Some features can technically be overwritten, but not controlling which printer is used.
    Now I'm not so familiar with activeX, but I do think you can write a custom control to handle this.

    here are a few starter sites on active x and printing:

    Maybe another expert can shed a little more light on this especially if you add this question to the "ActiveX" Zone.

    Hope this helps,

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    We've gone another route using Java - thanks anyway...
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    The best api is MeadCo. they have a component called scriptX that i use in our intranet system

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