Usability for print-friendly pages…

Now mostly everyone knows about how to make your information architecture look good on your website, but an interesting article appeared in the Internet Marketing Report generated by Progressive Business Publications.

In this “article”, they offer tips on how to make webpages look better on paper so in the event that someone wants to print out the content on your site and take it with them wherever they go, it’ll be fine. What are some of these tips?

Essentially, make use of your style sheets to remove non-essential elements such as…

  • Navigation systems: Don’t need it on printed page.
  • Background images: May make the printed text hard to read.
  • Background colors: Make print style sheet have a white background with dark text.
  • Images: Most people print pages for text content only. But make sure your print version still has your logo.
  • Non-navigation text content.
  • Section headers
  • Important images, and
  • Page URL (so the visitor can find you again online)

They also include a link for more info: http://snipurl.com/printpage.

By Ken Yeung

Ken Yeung is a journalist fascinated with the tech industry and internet culture. He's currently Flipboard's Assistant Managing Editor, overseeing news curation in technology, science, gaming and health. In addition to his day job, Ken's the co-host of "The Created Economy" podcast, examining the Creator Economy. In a past life, he was a former reporter for VentureBeat and The Next Web, covering tech startups, the industry's innovations and funding.