[Bug 684376] Re: Change 'Print to File' default to PDF

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Mon Sep 5 11:11:58 UTC 2011

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On 2010-01-13T14:14:58+00:00 Otto Kekäläinen wrote:

User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; fi; rv: Gecko/20091102 Firefox/3.5.5 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)
Build Identifier: Gecko/20100106 Ubuntu/9.10 Firefox/3.5.7

The Mozilla/Firefox print dialog does not seem to work like the print
dialog in other Gnome applications:

1. In Firefox, the default file type is PostScript, while in Gedit it is PDF. (this bug report)
2. In Firefox the default file name is empty ".ps", while in Gedit it is
"print.pdf". (bug #485067)
3. In Firefox, the print dialog does not remember any settings unlike the
dialog in Gedit. If you for example choose in the Firefox dialog to make a
two-sided print, nothing of it is left when you restart Firefox. In Gedit every
change to any optio is saved - if you once choose to e.g. make a two-sided
print, all prints will be two-sided until the option is changed again.
4. The file dialog does not remember the folder last used (bug #454003)

In my opinion Firefox should implement the print dialog in the same way as
other Gnome/GTK apps do. The behaviour of e.g. Gedit is more correct and closer
to the principles for example described in the Gnome User Interface Guidelines.

Also I read the original Netscape's philosophy was "keep each dialog in
the same state where it was last time".

Please make PDF the default file type or allow the dialog to remember
the file type selected earlier.

I think PDF is a good default since it is a more common format than
PostScript (I know that PDF includes PS, but from the regular users
point of view they are not the same).

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. On newest Ubuntu, open a page with Firefox
2. Choose File > Print
3. Choose Print to File
Actual Results:  
Post Script is selected by default. For most users, it is really annoying. Since there is no way currently for the user to save a better default, they need to manually change the file type each time..

Expected Results:  
PDF would be a more sensible and user friendly default.

The bug 485067 is closely related, but not duplicate.

Reply at: https://bugs.launchpad.net/firefox/+bug/684376/comments/0

On 2011-05-25T17:20:22+00:00 Vseerror wrote:

reporter, does this still fail when using Firefox 5 *beta*
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/channel/ or Firefox 4?

Reply at: https://bugs.launchpad.net/firefox/+bug/684376/comments/9

On 2011-05-25T17:33:55+00:00 Otto Kekäläinen wrote:

Yes, this is still present. I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.04 with
Firefox 4.

Amazing that I'm the only one bothered by this. Does not anybody else
print web pages as PDF files..?

Reply at: https://bugs.launchpad.net/firefox/+bug/684376/comments/10

On 2011-05-25T17:50:13+00:00 Vseerror wrote:

Otto, do any of these issues match up to yours ...

Reply at: https://bugs.launchpad.net/firefox/+bug/684376/comments/11

On 2011-05-25T18:04:04+00:00 Otto Kekäläinen wrote:

Actually, now when I read up on this I can remember the history. While
using Ubuntu 9.10 and Firefox 3.x the printing dialog was fine, but then
in Ubuntu 10.04 and Firefox 3.6 it got broken.

I originally found a bug report about it and commented it at

As I was asked to file new bug reports for the related notices I made, I
filed this bug report and

Personally I though think they are all related to the same Firefox or
GTK regression introduced in Ubuntu 10.04.

Reply at: https://bugs.launchpad.net/firefox/+bug/684376/comments/12

On 2011-05-25T18:05:07+00:00 Otto Kekäläinen wrote:

Oh and I almost forgot: yes, I looked through the list and did not find
any new issues related to his. Bug 485067 is the main one and it seems
to have several duplicates filed.

Reply at: https://bugs.launchpad.net/firefox/+bug/684376/comments/13

** Changed in: firefox
       Status: Unknown => New

** Changed in: firefox
   Importance: Unknown => Low

** Bug watch added: Mozilla Bugzilla #485067

** Bug watch added: Mozilla Bugzilla #539427

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