Chrome has had the ability to print a webpage to a PDF for quite a while now. Why is it that the other 2 major browsers have not followed suit?
Is it because of...
- technological hurdle
- not enough interest
- something else
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It's about whether or not the product team sees implementation and support of PDF printing as having a sufficiently low cost/benefit (or high benefit/cost) ratio to be worth the opportunity cost of not implementing some other feature.
Counter-examples to licensing and technology being the hurdles would be that Opera and Firefox can print to PDF. Firefox needs an add-on.
Well, Google must have chosen to implement the necessary writing to PDF format (or embed an third-party implementation into Chrome) while the other browser makers have not -- and possible would prefer (in the case of Microsoft), that we buy something or that we use another format like MS's XPS format.