Re: PDF Links are not in blue

Subject: Re: PDF Links are not in blue
From: Iggy <iggy_1996dp -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 20:16:56 -0800 (PST)

> The cross reference links in my PDF are not
> appearing in blue. What are
> the printer settings I need to make for this?

You need to make sure you are using a color postscript
driver, and that it's set to print color and not
monochrome. But, links have to be in color in your
source document.

> Adobe, if you're reading this: Why not include "Blue
> underlined text" as an
> option when creating links? "Visible Rectangle"
> doesn't match people's idea of
> what a link looks like, and it's ugly to boot. Every
> time I start creating links
> in a new PDF, I have to turn off the visible
> rectangle. <grouse grouse>

Acrobat has to use rectangular coordinates for
hypertext regions. Acrobat does not go in and edit
text when creating output. It takes what you give it,
"prints" the pages to PDF (well, Distiller does), and
creates the happy fun extras afterward. You are not
converting from one format to another, such as an HTML
conversion, rather you are rendering pre-fab content
as-is and are complimenting it with hypertext
capability.

For the distiller engine (or the hypertext tool in
acrobat) to be able to render the hypertext as another
color and with other attributes:

1. it needs to identify the hypertext region. (does
this already)

2. needs to identify the font used.

3. needs to identify the properties attributed to that
font (bold, italic, size, positioning, kerning,
leading, etc.).

4. needs to determine what attributes to keep and
which to toss in favor of hypertext formatting.

5. needs to re-render the text character by character,
using the same amount of space that the original text
took up (adjusting leading, kerning, and point size
appropriately).

I'm sure I'm missing a few things. But, this would
greatly increase distilling time.

As for changing the properties of the rectangle, you
can do this in your distiller job options. If you Save
As PDF, well, give yourself a slap on the wrist or be
content in your shoddy output.

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