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Re: [opensuse] Question re why part of a magazine article does not print
On 31/07/18 18:48, gumb wrote:
On 31/07/18 08:02, Basil Chupin wrote:
On 31/07/18 14:24, Basil Chupin wrote:
I printed out this article-

but the table at the beginning of the article won't print -- the printing begins with the Heading then skips the table of the various VPNs and continues from "VPNs Keep You Safe Online".

I had to use the Firefox Add-on 'Screengrab' to save that table to a file and then printed that *.png file.

Any thoughts as to why that table will not print as part of that article but has to be saved as a separate file in order to print it?

(Using Leap 15.0 [with kernel 4.17.11-3], Firefox v 60.0.1esr, and the printer is Epson Expression Photo XP-960.)


Heck, the above is only a teeny-weeny problem when printing that article: I came across a nightmare when I actually looked at what I printed out (21 pages of it). Every printed page has the magazine's Header on it (the 'PC News Top 10 Opinions Features' etc) and this "overprints" the text of the article meaning that text on a following page is missing and does not follow-on from the text on the previous page :-(. Here is an example of what I mean:

Something is telling me that this is not how things are supposed to work and some application is either misbehaving or some setting(s) is/are not correctly set.

Does anyone, please, have a solution to this problem?

Thanks in advance.


PS I have tried writing the article to a *.pdf file but this does not solve the problem.

I don't have a solution. I can only confirm that the same happens if I try to print to a PDF. And it's not the only page that presents these non-printing elements. I try to save my bank and credit card statements as PDFs in the same way, or confirmation pages of payments. Since a year or so ago something changed and the only things that print are headers and titles, whilst all the actual values are missing. At first I thought it was my themeing and the amounts were printing in white against a white background, but no, even trying to make a selection or search the missing text within the file, it's clear there's nothing there.

I also wondered if there is some page styling that explicitly allows for non-printing, in the same way that some sites can prohibit certain right-click actions. But I wouldn't have thought a website could override the system and there's no reason these elements should be hidden anyway, so it must be some kind of bug.

Your tip for using a screen grab could be handy. I'd have thought the new built-in screenshot tool in the latest Firefox could do the job?

I didn't know about the screengrab option in FF so thanks for pointing it out.

However, there is no way that I would use it as (from what I saw) it requires that I have to create a 'Firefox account'.

I always use either Screengrab!, a FF Add-on, or Spectacle, which is part of openSUSE.

I did use Screengrab to capture that article but the only sensible way to do it with Screengrab would be to capture one page per 'grab' in order to print one page of text without that "PC mag." header. I may have to buy the mag. at the newsagency provided it is still available for sale.


There comes a time in the affairs of a man when he has to take
the bull by the tail and face the situation.
W C Fields

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