[LINK] RFI: Unprintability of Web-Page

Ivan Trundle ivan at itrundle.com
Thu Oct 26 18:13:38 AEST 2006

Well, it *might* matter, but since you're using OS X, much of what is  
on the page is not relevant, Roger. ;-)


I suspect that the page in question needs tuning to make it  
compatible. And that tuning is more critical since it's using XHTML  
doctype declarations. It's not MS-specific code, but two items of bad  

I hate to say this given previous threads today in Link, but the page  
has an errant apostrophe which trips it up with validation.

It also missed an all-important space between a slash and an XML  
element, though this shouldn't be a show-stopper (it obviously is).

However, the print-based version works fine. WHY an organisation  
still needs to offer the tiny and almost invisible 'print' icon is  
beyond me. Style sheets can solve this without resorting to  
displaying two versions.

The web-based version won't run, but the print-based version is fine.

Does this match your experience?



On 26/10/2006, at 5:27 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:

> None of Safari, Mozilla or Camino can print the content of this page:
> http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/securing_your_computer
> All are fairly up-to-date versions, under moderately up-to-date  
> MacOSX 10.2.4.
> Cursor placement makes no difference.  It just prints the top-line,  
> then "Back to top    Technology and the Arts on behalf of the  
> Australian Government.", then spaces.
> Can anyone quickly see what the problem is?  (As an inveterate  
> sceptic, I immediately suspect MS-specific code in the HTML, but  
> nothing hit me wwhen I quickly scanned it).
> This matters, because it's a page within the current AusCERT/Clth  
> Govt National E-Security Awareness week.  (No, I don't think it's a  
> security feature ...).
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