custom controls: printing

Phil Race philip.race at
Thu Jan 29 04:53:02 UTC 2015

That example is not great as it picked the one node type that knows how 
to do
something special with printing and completely overlooks it.

The print(Node) method it provides can print any node type but it is scaling
it to fit on a single side of paper. That's not ideal for a huge 
as you won't be able to read the output without a microscope.

I was pointing to the method on webengine that you mention last below
as the one you should use and the example does not use that anywhere.

To get  proper pagination you need to explicitly call the 
WebEngine.print(PrinterJob) method


On 1/27/15 10:22 PM, Tom Eugelink wrote:
> Ok, so looking at some examples like 
> where PrintJob is let lose on a node, JavaFX's PrintJob will either 
> use the screen rendering or -if present- call: public void 
> print(PrinterJob job)
> Correct?
> Tom
> On 28-1-2015 02:43, Phil Race wrote:
>> On 1/27/15 4:08 PM, Tom Eugelink wrote:
>>> Do I need to do something special to support printing of custom 
>>> controls? The use case is that on screen a spreadsheet can be shown 
>>> in a scrollpane, but when printing the whole spreadsheet should be 
>>> printed. 
>> Being a 'custom' control doesn't really make a difference here.
>> The same would apply if you wanted to print one of the built-in controls
>> that is in a scroll pane or otherwise not likely to fit on a page.
>> Spreadsheets, like TableView, TextArea and the like will need
>> to have their data laid out for the printer by the application.
>> In practice this means starting with the data contained in
>> the spreadsheet and iterating over it printing as much as fits
>> on each page in what ever way you want.
>> I am sure that something that can handle this this would
>> make a nice add-on to to the core API but it was not something
>> that was considered appropriate to be part of FX core.
>> We expected reporting packages to pop up from 3rd parties
>> The exception to this is HtmlEditor / WebEngine where you
>> cannot reasonably expect the application or such a package
>> to know how to properly print the data (HTML and other web content)
>> Hence that has a method to print its content to a PrinterJob
>> So one possibility for you is to throw your data into HTML table 
>> syntax, load
>> it into a web node and print that.
>> -phil.

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