It’s unfortunate that most web designers and developers pay little-to-no attention to their sites on anything but a browser running on their local computer monitor. The thought of designing a page to display properly on a mobile device or set-top browser rarely gets any braincells thrown at it. This is somewhat understandable, given the fact that the mobile browsing space is in such disarray.
But it frustrates me to no end when I need to save or print a web page, only to be given something that is at best barely useable. I’m sure most of us have had the pleasure of the four-page-print-phenomenon in which a seemingly simple web page causes the printer to spit out three additional (and completely blank) pages. It’s not rocket science to create a print stylesheet, but only the cream of the crop take the time to do it.
I think one reason that many Dreamweaver users don’t do it, is not only because they have the misconception that it’s difficult, but also because we did a really good job of hiding an essential tool for creating a print stylesheet (or handheld sheet for that matter). (more…)