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Hi, I have been trying to find a Printer Friendly Version add on so that the category and product detail pages can be printed off. I have seen and am currently using, outside of OsCommerce, a nice PHP script that does a great job at processing the printer friendly request. But I am having problems adding this into OsCommerce. I need to add two html comments into the page to tell the script what to print. I finally got it to work by editing index.php. But when the Printer friendly page comes up, it has a copy of the home index page not what supposed to be printed.


Anyone have any ideas on how to get the script to work correctly. Unfortunately I am fairly new to PHP.

Any Help would be gratly appreciated.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Here is the printer script that I am using. All Credit goes to the origional creator. I only added a couple of function links at the bottom.


header("Expires: Mon, 26 Jul 1997 05:00:00 GMT");
header("Last-Modifieed: ". gmdate("D, d M Y H:i:s"). " GMT");
header("Cache-Control: no-cache, must-revalidate");
header("Cache-Control: post-check=0,pre-check=0");
header("Cache-Control: max-age=0");
header("Pragma: no-cache");
|| Takes the referrer document, only prints the content
|| works only with documents on the same server. good enough :-)
|| Vattekkat Satheesh Babu ([email protected]).
|| I put an HTML comment called "document_starts_here" before
|| content starts and another one "document_ends_here" after
|| the content. If you have been following some standard like
|| that, it could be useful.
|| Installation instructions
|| 1. Copy paste the code here to your favourite editor, and save it as some php3 file
|| 2. The file name doesn't matter. I call it printit.php3 
|| 3. From your other web pages make a link to printit.php3
|| 4. Test it out by clicking on the links in those pages
$myURL = "<!-- YOUR URL HERE -->";

// here is the starting comment for your content
$START_CONT="<!-- document_starts_here -->";
// here is the ending comment for your content
$END_CONT = "<!-- document_ends_here -->";

$parsed_url = parse_url($myURL);
$myServer = $parsed_url['host'];
$document = $parsed_url['path'];
if($document[strlen($document)-1]=='/') $document = "$document/index.html";
$base_url = dirname($document);


// if you've name based virtual hosting
$request = "GET $document HTTP/1.1\r\n"; 
$request .= "Host: $myServer\r\n\r\n";
/* if you've normal old type servers, 
comment out the previous two lines and
use the next line instead
//$request = "GET $document HTTP/1.0\r\n\r\n";

if(!$fp) {
 echo "$errstr ($errno)<br>\n";
} else {
<BASE HREF="<? echo "http://$myServer$base_url/"; ?>">
body,p {
background: #FFFFFF;
font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; 
font-size: 10pt;
margin-left: 5px; 
margin-top: 5px;
margin-right: 5px; 
margin-bottom: 5px;
color: #000000;
text-align: justify;

TH.headerrow {
background-color: #CDC8B1;
font-family: verdana,courier;
font-size: 10pt;
color: black;
TD.datarow {
font-family: verdana,courier;
font-size: 10pt;
color: black;
 while(!feof($fp)) {
// this is the stupid part - get the title
// python makes this so easy :-)
if(eregi("<title>",$line)){ $in_title=1; }
if ($in_title==1) $title.=$line;
if(ereg($START_CONT,$line)) {
	$title = eregi_replace("</title>","",eregi_replace("<title>","",$title));
	echo "<TITLE>$title</TITLE>\n</HEAD>\n<BODY>\n";
if(ereg($END_CONT,$line)) $content=0;
if($content==1)echo $line;
<SMALL>Copyright © <U><!-- YOUR COMPANY / ORGANIZATION NAME HERE --></U>. All rights reserved.</SMALL><BR>
<?echo "<A HREF=\"$myURL\"><SMALL><I>$myURL</I></SMALL></A>\n";?><br />
<a href="java script:history.go(-1)">Back</a>     <a href="java script:window.print()">Click to Print This Page</a>


What I need is to correctly place the two comment tags:

<!-- document_starts_here --> And <!-- document_ends_here -->

to indicate what I want the script to print. Any Ideas???

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  • 11 months later...

I am using this contrib for product printer friendly page




I see that people searching for a product may come at my printer friendly page (product_print.php)


The problem is that by there they cannot access my page , they can either print the page or close the window and leave the site


How can i make the print page link to the product_info page for the specific product ????


(or should i make the page not indexed by search engines)

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