JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

Call for html expertise!

The webpage amateur is trying to stretch her boundaries and my html book isn't being as helpful as I'd like. :-(

I'm fiddling around with layout for a new section for the webpage I do for my dept. at work ... I'm proficient enough with simple tables that I normally just dive in and go, but this one's a little different ... as well as the usual being available for consultation on the web, I've also got to be able to print off fairly decent-looking copies for the primary users, who happen to not have computer access (it's a quick-look-up chart of various clients' requirements for our Processing Dept. ... spine label placement, whether they want plastic covers on their book jackets, etc.)

Since this sucker has to have eight columns, I already realize it's gonna have to be printed landscape (and possibly landscape on legal-size paper), and I've discovered the joy of having to code smaller font size into every durned cell instead of just once at the beginning (fortunately experience has already taught me to keep the first row of every table I make a blank "template" that can be copied and pasted wherever I need a new row and then I just have to fill in the unique data), I've skinnied down my cell/table boundaries, and anything else I can think of (and am gonna have to put a warning at the top that web viewers will have to up their view size or else use zoom)

Did play with the idea of making this a Word document linked to the webpage instead, but Word's delusion that it knows what I want better than I do (it has never EVER been right about that) cured me of that notion pretty quickly, plus I really don't want it in a form so easily fiddled with (our sales reps, etc., will be consulting the web-accessible version) ... anyway, the html version looks nicer 'cause it's all colour-coordinated with the other pages.

That all said ... are there any nifty tips I should know about for creating a web table so that it will also print well? Doesn't have to beautiful, just easily readable and with no text lost at the ends/tops of pages. Even just giving me the right jargon words to look for in my book's index would be a help (the words "print" "printable" and "printer" are conspicuously absent from the index)

P.S. Nobody assigned this to me ... I came up with it all my little crazed self because we now have so many different libraries' books to process that keeping instruction sheets in a binder is becoming too unwieldy and inconvenient for the people doing the job and we're looking for ways to bring the error rate down. ***now off to cruise through favourite html reference sites in the optimistic hope of finding something a) useful and b) that I can understand***

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