You’ve all seen them — those e-mail shirttail pleas to “Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail,” sometimes added in green font with an image of a leaf at the end for good measure. If you’re the type of e-mailer who has added that tagline to your e-missives, I’ve got good news. Now, you don’t even have to rely on your e-mail recipient to be considerate. You can actually mandate eco-considerateness by preventing printing altogether!
To be clear, the WWF will only prevent people from printing the WWF attachments, not the e-mail you sent the attachment with, so you may want to keep your “Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail” signature. And practically speaking, the WWF format isn’t going to be a viable option for, say, documents that require a real pen-to-paper signature.
But if you plan to share a file that you really believe no one should be printing — whether for naughty or nice reasons — perhaps the WWF could work for you! I would give WWF a try, except the WWF software is currently only available for Mac OS X 10.4+. A Windows version is supposed to be coming soon.