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    SitePoint Addict SniperUK's Avatar
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    do you perfer to read tutorials, news etc on screen or by printing them out! As for me i will not read if its long, and if it is i will have to print it out. Which cost money with my printer, 40 a cartrige! SAMSUNG Smartjet

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    Printing them out because if it is something like a tutorial that requires me to open another application it is pain to switch back and forth.
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    The more time I spend in forums, the more I can handle screen-based. But I still prefer to read a book or something printed.
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    I am probably the only person who doesn't like to print things out. I very rarely print out tutorials...in fact the only ones I can think of are an into to HTML and the PHP/MySQL tutorial on webmasterbase.

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    If I am looking up information that I will be referencing in the near future, ie: research for an article or series, I will print it without hesitation. Highlighters sure come in handy, and it is much easier highlighting printed text than it is trying to do the same on a screen.

    With news, sometimes I print it out... depends on how important it is as well as how rushed I am. If I am in a hurry, the Print button looks awfully nice. Lets me catch up on things when I don't have a chance to be in front of a computer.

    Other than that, everything else stays on the screen.

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    Depends. If it's research for school or something, I print it out. If it's step-by-step instructions, I print it out usually. If it's just an article at SitePoint or news online, I usually just read it and don't do anything else.

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    I print stuff out and keep it in a file. With the file I have a cd-rom onto which I put programs, scripts etc that I have downloaded and willuse again in future.

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    I've never printed something out to read it.

    Years of playing text based muds got me used to reading on screen I guess.

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    I do what Peter does: download and keep on file. Websites have a tendency to disappear

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    I must be kind of wierd or something.

    I've got this awful habit of printing out and keeping things. If I find a tutorial on the web that's useful, I print it out and file in in this huge folder, which is subdivided into sections like Graphics, HTML, ASP etc.

    Then if I need to look something up later, I go into my file first and see if i've anything that does the trick. If not, I go onto the web, print something useful, use it and then file that.

    One day this is going to get too much to handle, but so far it's been a godsend for web design training events, when the delegate wants to know something you're unsure about or that's off topic, pull out a tutorial and say "Read through this", then if it's what they're after point them to the website so they can go off and learn it themselves. It's much better than looking at them blankly and announcing you know nothing about PHP, CGI or whatever!

    Is this pedantic or just maintaining a useful reference library?

    This is a bit off topic, but have any of you guys encountered new webmasters who seem to think they need to know EVERYTHING? I have, and they're mad. I tried once, but there's too much technology out there to be good at everything. So far i've tried to explain to them that a good grasp of HTML, half decent skills in a graphics package and some knowledge of client or server side scripting is what they should aim for, maybe specialising in one or two languages like PHP or JavaScript and making sure they know what technologies are available, even if they don't know the specifics. What do you guys think?

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    I print virtually nothing out these days, except for work/fax purposes and such. I would not, for example, be likely to read an eBook on my computer...I'm more likely to read a "real" book...however I wouldn't mind it.

    With articles, I almost always prefer reading them on the web.

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    Originally posted by Fluffykins
    This is a bit off topic, but have any of you guys encountered new webmasters who seem to think they need to know EVERYTHING? I have, and they're mad. I tried once, but there's too much technology out there to be good at everything. So far i've tried to explain to them that a good grasp of HTML, half decent skills in a graphics package and some knowledge of client or server side scripting is what they should aim for, maybe specialising in one or two languages like PHP or JavaScript and making sure they know what technologies are available, even if they don't know the specifics. What do you guys think?

    Ady
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    Well, if it's something I'm just going to skim through and not nescessiarily read word for word, I'll read it on the screen. If I'm constantly referring to it and looking at it for help, I'll print it. It just really depends on the particualar thing.


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