[Sugar-devel] [PATCH Browse 0/2] Add support for Export as PDF

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at laptop.org.au
Fri Jun 3 11:02:31 EDT 2011

We get asked about printing all the time. While I understand why this
is a deliberate omission in Sugar, it can be nonetheless annoying for

This approach seems to be a good compromise.


On 30 May 2011 00:04, Sascha Silbe <silbe at activitycentral.com> wrote:
> Requests for print functionality in Sugar have been voiced repeatedly,
> including during EduJam 2011. Adding support to Browse for exporting the
> currently loaded document as PDF is a major step in that direction since
> Browse can render (and thus export as PDF) a variety of file formats,
> including HTML, bitmap graphics (PNG, JPEG) and SVG.
> The Portable Document Format (PDF) is designed to preserve the layout of the
> document and thus is poorly suited for applications like "offline" reading of
> web pages (there is no re-flowing to suit the dimensions of the screen). For
> these tasks there are better solutions like wwwoffle [1], Webified [2] or
> creating a derivative of the Help activity [3].
> Direct print support has been deliberately omitted. Anything that gets
> exported from the learners system should be recorded and preserved in the
> Journal. Exporting PDFs from individual activities to the Journal and
> implementing print support in a single, specially designed activity that
> operates on the PDFs not only ensures that all exports are recorded in
> the exact form they left the computer, but also relieves activity authors
> from the need to provide print support in their activity. The user won't get
> confused by multiple different ways to configure printing from within the
> various activities.
> Because PDF is a standard interchange format, this also enables more (and
> better!) ways of sharing documents (while preserving their exact form) than
> printing.
> Sascha Silbe (2):
>  Generalise GetSourceListener to SaveListener
>  Add support for exporting ("printing") to PDF
>  browser.py    |   92 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----
>  webtoolbar.py |   10 ++++++
>  2 files changed, 93 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)
> [1] http://www.gedanken.demon.co.uk/wwwoffle/
> [2] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Webified
> [3] http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/addon/4051
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