in Labeling

Print-Friendly Format in People-Friendly Language

An informal survey:

  • Salon: ‘Print‘ icon + label, and the resulting page reads, ‘To print this page, select Print from the File menu of your browser
  • New York Times: ‘Printer-Friendly Format‘ icon +label (but, it’s the person we’re being friendly to, right?)
  • CNET: ‘Printer-friendly format‘ text link
  • SJ Mercury News: ‘print this‘ icon + label
  • Yahoo News: ‘Print Story‘ icon + text link

I don’t want to give the impression that by clicking that link the page will be printed, ’cause it won’t, so ‘Print…‘ doesn’t work for me. I’m leaning towards ‘Printing-Friendly Format”.