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Posted on 2014-01-19
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I have a web form with quite a few controls on it (check boxes, textboxes, etc). Once the user fills the whole thing he click a big “Submit” button. At this point all the data on the form is saved to the database, but at the same time, I also need to save a picture of the entire web page.
      It doesn’t have to be an image file, it can be a PDF or something else, but I need something that shows how the entire web page looked at the time of submission.
      Does anyone have an idea of how to do this? I’ve seen an example using a WinForm WebBrowser control to open the page and then render it to a BMP, but I need to capture the form with all of the user’s input on it, and I would like to avoid having to reconstruct the whole form’s state.
      Any ideas?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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You don't have a picture of how it looked on the user's browser.  How could you capture it?
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@Dave
I was thinking I could somehow use javascript (which runs on the users's browser) and then send the image/data back to the server on a post back.
@deanvanrooyen
That seems like what I need. My web page already uses a canvas element so I already have a requirement for browsers to support it, but from how it sounds, its not completely finished and it doesn't really take an image of the page (which isn't horrible, its just that I need it to be as close to the real thing as possible).

Isn't there some way to get a picture of this thing?
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Judging by the lack of responses and lack of helpful Google search results, I think I'm going to call this one of those "it can't be done" questions. Thanks anyways...
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This problem apparently cannot be handled.
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