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Print Templates, Part I: Writing a Static Print Template - Doc JavaScript


Print Templates, Part I

Writing a Static Print Template

Now that we know what DeviceRect and LayoutRect elements look like separately, let's see how to combine between them. For each formatted page, you need to have a master page (DeviceRect) which includes a content page (LayoutRect). The first printed page is different from the other pages because you need to include the CONTENTSRC attribute which specifies the content source. Here is the DeviceRect element for the first page:

<IE:DEVICERECT ID="page1" CLASS="masterstyle"
  MEDIA="print">
	<IE:LAYOUTRECT ID="layoutrect1"
  CONTENTSRC="2.html"
    CLASS="contentstyle" NEXTRECT="layoutrect2"/>
</IE:DEVICERECT> 

And here is the DeviceRect element of the second page:

<IE:DEVICERECT ID="page2" CLASS="masterstyle"
  MEDIA="print">
	<IE:LAYOUTRECT ID="layoutrect2"
  CLASS="contentstyle"/>
</IE:DEVICERECT>

Let's learn how to assemble the complete code that will format our 2.html page. First, look at the outcome. Then, look at the code that does it:

<HTML XMLNS:IE>
<HEAD>
<?IMPORT NAMESPACE="IE" IMPLEMENTATION="#default">
<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
.contentstyle
{
  width:5.5in;
  height:8in;
  margin:1in;
  background:white;
  border:1 dashed gray;
}
.masterstyle
{
  width:8.5in;
  height:11in;
  background:#FFFF99;
  border-left:1 solid black;
  border-top:1 solid black;
  border-right:4 solid black;
  border-bottom:4 solid black;
  margin:10px;
}
</STYLE>
</HEAD>
<BODY>
<IE:DEVICERECT ID="page1" CLASS="masterstyle"
  MEDIA="print">
	<IE:LAYOUTRECT ID="layoutrect1"
  CONTENTSRC="2.html"
    CLASS="contentstyle" NEXTRECT="layoutrect2"/>
</IE:DEVICERECT>
<IE:DEVICERECT ID="page2" CLASS="masterstyle"
  MEDIA="print">
	<IE:LAYOUTRECT ID="layoutrect2"
  CLASS="contentstyle"/>
</IE:DEVICERECT>
</BODY>
</HTML>

Next: How to dynamically create the first page

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