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For when you know you will print


There are times when we know that users will print a page of web content. Maybe a set of directions for a recipe, a map with directions or a page of information that we want to preserve.

While it's impossible to guarantee how browsers will print the document we can use the print-color-adjust property to help the browser in the process.

print-color-adjust provides a hint to the user-agent about how it should treat color and style choices that might be expensive or generally unwise on a printer or similar device.

If user agents allow users to control this aspect of the document’s display, they take precedence over the hint provided by print-color-adjust.

The property has two possible values

The user agent should make adjustments to the page’s styling as it deems necessary for the output device.
For example: if the user is printing the document, a browser might ignore any backgrounds and adjust text color to minimize ink usage.
This value indicates that the page is significant, and should not be tweaked or changed except at the user’s request.
For example, tables in a website might "zebra-stripe" the steps, alternating between white and light gray backgrounds. Losing this zebra-striping and having a pure-white background would make the content harder to read.

Browsers must propagate the print-color-adjust value set on the root element (where it can affect the canvas background).

The print-color-adjust property doesn't propagate from the body element.

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