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IE vertical text not printing

Ever see that neat trick to make text vertical in Internet Explorer? It uses a couple of IE-specific style elements:

First, use this: writing-mode: tb-rl;

Vertical text

Then, flip it on the vertical with this: writing-mode: tb-rl; filter: flipv ;

Vertical text

And one more flip gives you this: writing-mode: tb-rl; filter: flipv fliph;

Vertical text

Now try printing this page. For me, the text with the flipv and fliph filters doesn’t print. Yet it looks OK when I use print preview. Strange, huh?

October 12, 2005 3 Comments.


  1. solde replied:

    December 6th, 2011 at 9:33 pm. Permalink.

  2. Harry replied:

    Have you figured out a solution to the printing issue with FlipV FlipH? I have the same problem with my webpage.

    September 13th, 2012 at 11:57 am. Permalink.

  3. Jeremy replied:

    No, I don’t have a solution.

    September 13th, 2012 at 4:50 pm. Permalink.

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