print style sheet for digital report printout version -- Is it the right approach?

7 Mar 2012 - 11:00am
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I'm currently design a web app for users to design and develop scenarios and chemical programs for their geothermal systems, but at the end of the day they need to communicate this to the customer through a printed report. The report is also generated in the web tool, which could potentially be a 10-page report with different data (some of them are displayed in a really long table and some of them are visual graph). User can customize the report by selecting the contents they want (like a dashboard). The length of the report is different from user to user, depending on how complicated their systems are and how much data they request for. I'm not sure if a print CSS is the right approach. Or, do I need to create PDF for all pages? I feel it's really tedious to replicate each page. I'm also curious what method to break down the pages to fit the letter size page. Could you share your experience on how you tackle such kind of problem? Thank you!

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