I have recently completed prototyping a rather challenging problem that involves printing a document from a PeopleSoft page. The challenge is to find a way to print a separate document directly from the page. The functional SME somehow has an expectation that this functionality should behave like a native application — where by a click a button on the page, he will be presented by the Windows print dialog; the user can proceed and a document that is not the page being displayed will be printed on the user’s printer. Now, PIA applications are accessed via a web browser. Because of this, the features available to the application is limited by the web browser it is running on.
My first thought is this functionality would not be possible to implement without developing a plug-in. However after meditating on this for some time, an idea came over me on the possibility of using an iframe. Initial testing showed promise, so I proceeded with the solution.
The implementation did not went quite as smooth as I expected. There were a few other major challenges, and it was quite a learning experience. At one point I did get worried the final solution would become too complex to be manageable. Thank God the ultimate solution did turn out be simple enough and easy to implement on other pages.