re: Frame funkiness or Acrobat/Distiller weirdness?

Subject: re: Frame funkiness or Acrobat/Distiller weirdness?
From: Shlomo Perets <shlomo2 -at- microtype -dot- com>
To: victoria_wroblewski -at- usr -dot- com
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 10:11:30 +0200


You wrote:

> ... Files were created in Frame (6.1 I think) and I'm editing them in
> Frame 7.1. In the end-result PDF, three links to external web pages function
> properly, but one behaves differently. When you hover above it, you get
> the little hand icon with a "W" in it, and when you click on it, it
> opens a security warning asking you to block or allow the connection to
> this site. For the properly working links, when you hover you get the
> hand, and when you click it just opens the web page. ...

The origin of the behavior you have encountered is not in FrameMaker but in Acrobat 7. Acrobat and Reader 7 have a new "Automatically detect URLs from text" preference (Edit > Preferences, General).
[ This is a local preference that is workstation-specific and cannot be controlled from a PDF. ]

Links that are intentionally defined in FrameMaker using hypertext markers result in an active area, showing the 'w' in the hand icon when you hover above it. In Acrobat/Reader 7, such links also trigger a Security Warning ("the document is trying to connect to the site: http://..... If you trust the site click 'Allow', otherwise click 'Block'." There is an option to remember your action per web address).

Web links that are detected automatically only show the hand icon, and do not trigger the Security message.

Unfortunately, the new "Automatically detect URLs from text" preference is not without its problems. Among other issues, Acrobat's interpretation of the text-based web addresses may be problematic when the URL is split between lines, or when the "underlying" text is not recognized properly.

If you have hypertext markers defining web links in all locations, yet some are not carried over to the PDF, double-check whether you
have local character formatting in FM in the web address (this limits the active area, sometimes resulting in a very small active area, visible only when you zoom in significantly).

Shlomo Perets

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