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How can I insert Printer Page Breaks in ASP/HTML?

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Answer: This question is typically asked because the user has X amount of images per page. The example I'll use is to print 4 images out of 20 per page. We're going to do a mix of ASP and HTML.

First, you should check out the Microsoft documentation concerning page breaks. Keep in mind this uses a style, so cross browser support isn't always going to be there.

Page Break Before documentation
Page Break After documentation

So, armed with this new information, let's say for sake of argument that we have 20 image paths stored in a database, that we've already read into an array. We want to place 4 images per page, possibly with a header. You can fiddle with the layout all you want, but I'm just going to stick with the raw code to accomplish this.

 H3 { page-break-before: always }
<%Dim myArray, i
 'I'll assume you already know how to populate
 'this array from the db
 'Each element contains 'images/picturename.jpg'

 For i = 0 To UBound(myArray)
    Response.write "<IMG Src='" & myArray(i) & "'><BR>"
        If i MOD 4 = 0 Then
           ' If i is evenly divisible by 4, meaning every
            ' 4th image, we want to insert a page break
            Response.write "<H3>Start the next page</H3>"
        End If

Simple! Now we have 4 images per page when we send this code to the printer. Using the modulus operator(MOD) we can tell how many images we want per page. Obviously, you'll need to find the layout that works right for you, and decide how many images/items you want on each printed page.

Check out the documentation that I listed above to see all the different HTML tags you can use to accomplish this.

(Also, for more information, take a moment to check out this great article: Beginning XHTML.)

FAQ posted by Steve Cimino at 1/19/2001 2:54:43 PM to the The Nature of Things category. This FAQ has been viewed 56,203 times.

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