Thursday, May 1st, 2008
We posted about WriteMaps.com back in December and Scott Jehl continues to update the site with cool new features. This time around Scott’s added a nifty print preview tool which leverages jQuery UI’s latest release candidate.
Printing on WriteMaps has always been more difficult than I’d like it to be. Some browsers helpfully tile a large sitemap across several printed pages while others simply print a crop of the top left portion of the map. Since the majority of browsers seem to do the latter, I’ve received numerous messages requesting better print control and I’ve been working hard at figuring out a good solution.
Scott created a custom print preview screen which gives WriteMap users a visual of what will be printed. By using jQuery UI, the print preview allows you to drag your sitemap into a the print area as well zoom in or out for better appearance.
This tool becomes particularly useful for printing large sitemaps, because you can drag and zoom your sitemap around to bring different sections of your sitemap into the printable area. This allows you to make printed tiles of your map which can be pieced together after printing. Here’s what the print preview looks like:
You can check out the feature using the WriteMaps demo link
Posted by Rey Bango at 10:02 am