Back in October I had the pleasure of speaking at Buffalo’s second WordCamp. Unlike the talk I gave at least year’s event, I opted to go for something a bit more technical, something we build into every site we develop at Algonquin Studios and that I have been promoting for years now.
So I crafted a presentation on how to use print styles on a web site. At Algonquin Studios we support many platforms, including our own homegrown content management system (CMS), QuantumCMS. I have also learned that many WordPress developers also work on other platforms, so I opted to discuss print styles independent of the CMS used to power the site.
I focused on the background of print styles and related them to responsive design, I covered best practices and techniques, demonstrated how you can use Google Analytics to track what pages are printed from a site, and touched on the future of print styles.
All of my slides are here along with a video from my talk. Below the embedded content are links to other articles and posts I have written about print styles for those who want to get a deeper dive into some of the aspects.
The video gets cut off before the end, but the key information is still in the slides.
- Tracking Printed Pages (or How to Validate Assumptions) at Web Standards Sherpa, December 11, 2013.
- Print Styles Are Media Queries, November 22, 2013.
- Tracking When Users Print Pages, March 26, 2013.
- Calling QR in Print CSS Only When Needed, March 8, 2013.
- Make Your Website Printable with CSS at .net Magazine, July 18, 2012.
- More Evidence of the Need for Print Styles, April 6, 2012.
- Print Styles Forgotten By Responsive Web Developers at evolt.org, October 3, 2011.