@media print tables issues

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@media print tables issues

Postby WriterAndrew on Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:16 am

Hi, all,
I'm successfully generating some HTML5 Top Nav output, and on-screen, all appears just how I want it.

Issue 1
However, if I open a topic with tables, and then use the MadCap Print button to print, the tables in the printed output seem to disobey all width-related styling!

In my stylesheet, I have an @media print section, and I've added a tables section, as follows:

@media print
table
{
/*border: solid 1px #dcdcdc;*/
border: solid 2px orange;
border-radius: 8px;
border-collapse: collapse;
margin-left: 50px;
padding: 4px;
width: 98%;
}

I know that this style is getting picked up because the table borders are orange in the printed output :-) However, the width is ignored regardless of what I specify it to be! (I've also tried max-width, but that makes no difference either!)

Issue 2
Also, if I have a plain <td></td> cell, the text wraps nicely within the (limited - see issue 1 above!) width that the table gives it. However, if I need additional paragraphs (<td><p></p><p></p></td>) then the text in the <p> tags ignores the cell/table width, and runs off the right-hand margin of the page.

I'm sure there are simple fixes for these, but I can't see them!

Many thanks for any suggestions you have!
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Re: @media print tables issues

Postby ChoccieMuffin on Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:50 am

You might need to add a complex selector in your print medium for "td p" so that a p inside a td behaves the same as a td.
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Re: @media print tables issues

Postby WriterAndrew on Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:01 am

Many thanks, ChoccieMuffin, that has certainly helped! (The <p> tags are now restrained within the column!)

Still can't get the table widths to play nice, but it is a big improvement!
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Re: @media print tables issues

Postby ChoccieMuffin on Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:54 am

What is actually happening with your tables?
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Re: @media print tables issues

Postby Folkie on Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:19 am

We've had problems getting table column widths to stick. Our Flare trainer and consultant (Matthew Ellison) couldn't work out what was going on, he checked our table stylesheets very carefully and couldn't see anything wrong but eventually he hit upon a slightly peculiar solution that seems to work reliably. He was going to report it to Madcap but I don't know whether he did, certainly the issue hasn't gone away.

This might work for your issue as well, it certainly wouldn't hurt to try.

  1. Apply the table style. At this point the column widths don't obey the stylesheet settings.
  2. Open the table properties dialog.
  3. Increase the number of header or footer rows by one (whether or not you already have one) and click OK. Now (in our experience) the column widths magically adjust to the stylesheet values and remain obedient.
  4. Delete the extra header or footer row in the XML editor.

It's a few extra clicks for each table which is annoying as we have a lot, but at least it works!

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