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2:15 Provide Printing Options

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2:15 Provide Printing Options

Relative Importance:

Relative Importance rating of 3 out of 5

Strength of Evidence:

Strength of Evidence rating of 2 out of 5

Document Type: Guideline


General User Experience


Provide a link to printable and downloadable document versions.


Many users prefer to read text from a paper copy of a document. Paper allows users to take notes, highlight ideas, follow presentations, and save information that may be difficult to find at a later time.


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  • Nielsen, J. (1997e, December). Changes in Web usability since 1994. Retrieved November 2005, from

Good Example:

The 'Print Friendly' link opens a new browser window that allows the user to choose the sections of the document they wish to print. This is particularly useful for long documents, where users may only be interested in a particular section.