Sometimes, users and authors may want to fall back to printed versions of Explorables.

printable: Allow users to print your widget

Before an explorable is printed, the printable attribute is applied to each widget. Widget developers can use this to prepare the widget display for printing.

For example, we could let the interactive textarea become simply a box with a black outline where (paper) users can write text:

export default class CoolWidget extends LitElementWw {

  @property({attribute: true})
  value: string

  @property({attribute: true})
  placeholder: string

  static get styles() {
    return css`
      :host(:not([editable])) .placeholder {
        display: none;

      :host([printable]) textarea {
        border: 2px solid black;
        border-radius: 2px;

  render() {
    return html`
    <input part="action" class="placeholder" @change=${e => this.placeholder =}></input>
    <textarea @change=${e => this.value =} placeholder=${this.placeholder}>


  • Only some widgets work well in a printed representation. If the widget can’t be represented properly, printable=true could simply mean showing a hint to that effect.
  • Links could be represented as QR codes.
  • Media queries (@media print) can also be used to support printing.