When converting web pages to print, the typesetting engine automatically applies standard conventions for printed material. For a given input, it optimises the quality of the printed output and applies the rules of typesetting consistently to every page. This means authors can focus on content, rather than presentation. It also means authors do not need to be typesetting experts to produce professional-looking printed documents from their web page collections. The following are among the more common conventions followed:
While the typesetting engine maximises quality for a given input, authors may find the output unsatisfactory in some cases. The generally recommended solution is to adjust the input, rather than trying to change the output rules. This is because:
Those who are used to controlling the look of their outputs have to learn to relax, go with the flow and resist the temptation to fiddle. The wikipublisher authors do not claim to be typesetting experts; the pages look the way they do because that’s the way the engine composes them. Authors coming from a word processing background may take some time to get used to this approach.