Reading/Web/Projects/Print Styles

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Currently, desktop and mobile print styles have a number of known issues:

  • Tables do not print correctly.
  • Typography uses lots of ink to print.
  • Saving an article as a PDF on mobile presents the desktop version of the article.
  • Branding information for Wikipedia and the other projects (e.g., Wikivoyage and Wikiversity) is not present, causing confusion around the source of the content.

The reading web team will be updating the browser print styles on desktop and mobile to address these issues.


Mobile Printing[edit]

The most common use cases of printing on mobile devices is to save articles as PDFs for later reading. Currently, the styles delivered for PDFs reflect desktop print styles and are thus difficult to read on a mobile. We will be creating mobile styles that are simpler and easier to read and well-fitted for the context of users reading articles offline or in places with low connectivity.

Problems with current implementation[edit]

  • Text is unreadable without zooming in
  • Missing elements like article title, images etc
  • No branding or indication the content came from Wikipedia or sister sites
  • Bad typography


Wikipedia Print style comparison.png

Design details can be found here[edit]

Desktop Printing[edit]

The current print styles have issues printing tables and do not contain proper wikipedia branding. We will be updating these styles with improved branding and typography