I am making a medical application, which has the need to generate reports. People want paper copies of the information visible in the application.
I am loathe to implement any sort of print preview functionality for the following reasons:
- The print layout is essentially fixed, there will be no options to change the layout settings
- No one is going to delete patient information to try and make a report fit on a particular number of pages
- If it was implemented, I think people would use it once or twice until they realize all the reports always look the same, then would not bother previewing ever again.
The patient information will be viewed either in the applications interface, or exported as a pdf or a print out.
Will not having a print preview button confuse or annoy some users? Do users expect the print preview function whenever printing is a function? If I don't include it, are we going to get a lot of support calls asking about it?