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Non-printable web pages

8:00 pm on Apr 20, 2001 (gmt 0)

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It seems possible to make some web pages non-printable but how? I know that you can make a PDF non-printable but is it realy possible with a web page?

Thank you for your help.

8:08 pm on Apr 20, 2001 (gmt 0)

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AFAIK, there's no fool-proof way to make a page impossible to print... If there's some way to disable the print command in thr browser, the visitor can view the page source, and cut and past it into a text or HTML editor to print it.

If anyone knows different, I'd love to hear how it works!


7:25 am on Apr 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to Webmaster World, Felix.

There is no foolproof way. For any web page, I don't have to go through a browser at all. I could use a program such as wget, or just telnet to capture the contents of the page. Plus the page shows up in the cache. Or I could use a different web browser, since printing is a browser specific feature. I guess you could use javascript to open a window without a menu bar to make it somewhat more difficult, but in IE, print is on the popup menu if you right click.

3:41 am on Apr 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to the forums!

You may not be able to keep people from printing it, but if it is wider than 640 pixels, it won't fit on a piece of standard 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper.

While this does not solve the problem, it would prohibit most novice internet users from printing the contents. They can print, but it is mostly useless.

Although, I guess they could print landscape if they really were determined to get it.