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Printing textual data from browser

Jeevan Sunkersett
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Joined: Jul 03, 2007
Posts: 78

Ours is a web based (Struts, Spring, Hibernate) application.
In a particular use case, print-receipt; we pull up data from database and display it a new window ... followed by a javascriptLwindow.print()

To print the content.

But this prints the browser window - in graphic mode.

The target printer, attached to the browser machine is a Dot matrix printer; and consumes a lot off time to print a single window (because of the graphic nature)

Can the printing be done in text mode ?

thank you.

Bear Bibeault
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Joined: Jan 10, 2002
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You can either:
  • Use CSS to control what gets printed.
  • Instead of window.print(), have the link serve a PDF of just the data you want to print.

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    Pete Nelson
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    Joined: Aug 30, 2010
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    I don't know that JSP will offer you much in terms of client-side printing. However ...

    Depending on the Browser you are using, you may be able to take advantage of CSS to change the way the page prints.

    Here's a good starting point for CSS for print media -

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    Jeevan Sunkersett
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    Joined: Jul 03, 2007
    Posts: 78

    for the benefit of everyone, this solution worked for me;

    I agree. Here's the link:
    subject: Printing textual data from browser
    jQuery in Action, 3rd edition