WYSIWYG is Wonky!

Marty Knapp martyknappster at gmail.com
Tue Dec 17 14:58:57 EST 2013


I'm wondering about using this workflow when the user prints:

Lock the screen and set the formatForPrinting of the stack to true
Clone the stack invisibly -- so presumedly it would open with 
formatForPrinting set right
Print from the clone
Delete the cloned stack from memory
Reset the original stack so formatForPrinting is false
Unlock the screen

I guess the only way to know is to try it. Do you see anything faulty 
with that idea?

Marty
> On 12/17/13 1:30 PM, Marty Knapp wrote:
>> In my case setting formatForPrinting to true, saving, closing, reopening
>> & printing is way too clunky. Then if a user has to make a correction .
>> . .  For report-style printing that would be fine, but not for my use.
>
> That's why I move my printing to a hidden printing stack that is used 
> only for that purpose. But even if you aren't printing reports, you 
> might still be able to just copy everything to a printing stack.
>
>>
>> In my tests, setting formatForPrinting to true and then printing right
>> away did work great for some fonts, but not others - all TrueType. I
>> wonder what's up with that?
>
> Some printers store their own copies of common fonts and they use 
> those instead of the ones from the computer. It speeds up printing. If 
> you are using a font the printer doesn't have, then it downloads the 
> font from the computer.
>
>> If I were to just leave formatForPrinting
>> set to true all the time would that have any drawbacks other than
>> display anomalies?
>
> Editing becomes difficult. The insertion point isn't always accurate 
> and font metrics can be way off in some cases. Text wrap gets wonky. 
> What the user sees won't be what gets printed.
>





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