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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...

  • licensing
  • technological hurdle
  • not enough interest
  • something else


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closed as primarily opinion-based by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, and31415, pnuts, MaQleod, Heptite Apr 19 '14 at 0:30

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This is not a computer problem, nor practically answerable. Voting to close. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Apr 18 '14 at 21:29
It's a question about browser software. Is superuser not the right place? – Luke Apr 18 '14 at 22:13
IMO It's not a question about a computer problem, it's question about why browser authors chose to do something a certain way. Who knows, and it's off-topic. :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Apr 18 '14 at 22:17
Given that some browser development happens in the open, I figure there may be records / there may be someone knowledgeable enough to know why these decisions were made. If it's a technical issue that's preventing Printing to PDF then it's definitely a computer problem. – Luke Apr 18 '14 at 22:21
Besides you have to admit that Superuser's description is pretty vague: "Q&A for computer enthusiasts and power users" – Luke Apr 18 '14 at 22:21

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.

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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.
So I would say: commercial decision.

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Does Microsoft make money off of XPS? Does anyone use it? I don't think I've ever once used it or been asked to use it. "Commercial decision" may be roughly equivalent to "Not enough customer interest"? – Luke Apr 18 '14 at 22:17
XPS was Microsoft attempting to high-stick Adobe PDF and failing laughably. "Commercial decision" means anything management thinks relates to the corporate mission. Usually interpreted to mean profit, although not always. – Scott Leadley Apr 18 '14 at 23:59

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