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I have some jquery tabs, but I would like to be able to print specific tabs.  Can someone explain a solution where I would be able to print each specific tab separately?  Here is the current code:

<div class="tab">
    <ul>
        <li><a href="#tabs-1">My Content 1</a></li>
        <li><a href="#tabs-2">My Content 2</a></li>
        <li><a href="#tabs-3">My Content 3</a></li>
    </ul>

    <div id="tabs-1">
	    <?php include "content1.php" ?>
     </div>
     <div id="tabs-2">
	    <?php include "content2.php" ?>
    </div>
    <div id="tabs-3">
	    <?php include "content3.php" ?>
    </div>

</div>

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What would you suggest?  Thanks.  I would like something capable of printing individual tabs.
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Question by:DanielAttard
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by:designatedinitializer
ID: 37763196
I suggest you make css style for print media which does not print at all, like this:

@media print {
  body, .tab {
    display:none;
  }
}

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and then style only the specific tab which is selected.
Like this:

$('.tab').bind('tabsselect', function(event, ui) {
    ui.panel.css("@media print {display:block;}");
});

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by:DanielAttard
ID: 37763200
hmmm, i like it.  let me play with that and see how i make out . . . .
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by:DanielAttard
ID: 37763220
Hey designatedinitializer, what about if I want to be able to print different tabs at different times?  Should each tab be styled in the same way?
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by:designatedinitializer
ID: 37763240
what do you mean by "different times"?...
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by:DanielAttard
ID: 37763247
I am trying to figure out where to use the second part of the code you posted.  Where would it go?
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Lalit Chandra earned 2000 total points
ID: 37763262
you can try this

1. Create the method which takes care of your printing.

function printPartOfPage(elementId) {
    var printHeader = document.getElementById('header');
    var printContent = document.getElementById(elementId);
    var windowUrl = 'NewWindow';
    var uniqueName = new Date();
    var windowName = 'Print' + uniqueName.getTime();
    var printWindow = window.open(windowUrl, windowName, 'left=200,top=200');

    printWindow.document.write('<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><head>');
    printWindow.document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" href="../../app_themes/stylesheet.css" type="text/css"></head><body>');
    printWindow.document.write(printContent.innerHTML);
    printWindow.document.write('</body></html>');
    printWindow.document.close();
    printWindow.focus();
    printWindow.print();
    printWindow.setTimeout("window.close()", 1000);
}

2. ON Each tab,Insert a link which initiate the print function, like

<div id="tabs">
<div id="printDiv">
<li><a title="tab1" href="#tabs-1">tab1</a></li>
<li><a title="tab2" href="#tabs-2">tab2</a></li>
<div id="tabs-1">
  <a href="#" class="divPrint">PRINT </a>
   Content for tabs-1
</div>
<div id="tabs-2">
  <a href="#" class="divPrint">PRINT </a>
   Content for tabs-2
</div>
</div>
</div>

3.Now add the following script to your script section
 
$(function() {
  $(".divPrint").click(function() {
        printPartOfPage($(this).attr("id"));
  });
});
   
 The above will allow you to print specific Tab only.

Hope this will guide you to achieve your objective.
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by:DanielAttard
ID: 37763297
Hi Lalit-Chandra - I have implemented the various parts of your solution, but when I hit the print link, nothing happens.  It does not trigger the function.  Do i need to customize it?
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by:DanielAttard
ID: 37763347
Hi Lalit-Chandra - Now what is happening is that the new window opens up to print, but it hangs and continues to say "Transferring data from www. . ."  There is an error in firebug that says:

printContent is null
[Break On This Error]       

printWindow.document.write(printContent.innerHTML);

What could I be doing wrong?
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by:Lalit Chandra
ID: 37763434
simply replace this line with

printWindow.document.write($("#ElementID").html());

Here, ElementID should be the Tab id like "tab-1" or  "tab-2".

Make sure the element id passed to the function is valid in firebug.
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by:DanielAttard
ID: 37763454
Hi Lalit-Chandra, sorry to say but the line you have quotes is not within your original code.  Do you mean to replace this line:

printWindow.document.write(printContent.innerHTML);

with:

printWindow.document.write($("#tab-1").html());

??
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by:Lalit Chandra
ID: 37763473
there is a method in my previous post

printPartOfPage(elementId) {

....
}

just put a alert in the body

printPartOfPage(elementId) {
       alert(elementId);
....
}

Now run the page. Then go to your tab and click the link..is any alert comes or not, if it does then is the element id matches with your tabid or not ???
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by:Lalit Chandra
ID: 37763476
check the above and see.
can you post your whole page??
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by:DanielAttard
ID: 37763481
i think i understand you now.  thanks.  i just need to work with it for a bit.  will post back once i have it figured out.  many thanks.
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by:DanielAttard
ID: 37763484
The alert comes back and says "undefined"  ???
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by:Lalit Chandra
ID: 37763491
ok thats the problem..

replace the script
 $(".divPrint").click(function() {
        printPartOfPage($(this).attr("id"));
  });

with the following lines

 $(".divPrint").click(function() {
        printPartOfPage($(this).parent().attr("id"));
  });

Now tell me ,wht does the alert shows ??
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by:DanielAttard
ID: 37763500
Perfect (almost).  That was the problem.  Now the alert correctly gives the tab name.  Everything seems to be working fine, except that I've lost all that good CSS from my screen.  Probably what I will need to do is replace this line:

printWindow.document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" href="../../app_themes/stylesheet.css" type="text/css"></head><body>');

with a reference to the correct CSS?  Does this make sense to you?
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by:Lalit Chandra
ID: 37763503
yes do it.
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by:DanielAttard
ID: 37763513
Should something like this work?  :

printWindow.document.write('<?php include "header.php" ?></head><body>');

I have a lot of stuff in my header.php file.
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by:Lalit Chandra
ID: 37763525
DanielAttard,
i think your this post's question

How to print individual jQuery tabs?

has been solved.So please close this question,and post another question in another post.

Thanks
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by:DanielAttard
ID: 37763631
Thanks for your help Lalit-Chandra.  I managed to get it working by simply substituting my own CSS.  Working great now thanks to you!
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