RE: an easy way to confuse Adobe bookmarks

Subject: RE: an easy way to confuse Adobe bookmarks
From: "Tom Johnson" <thj -at- tampabay -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "'Combs, Richard'" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2006 06:42:28 -0500

By bookmarks being misaligned, here's what I mean: your MS Word document
usually has many headings tagged with heading styles (Heading 1, Heading 2,
etc.). When you use Adobe Acrobat to convert the Word document to a PDF
document, Acrobat creates a bookmarks panel that allows you to easily jump
to the headings. This much is familiar to all.

What I've "discovered" is that if your Normal style's paragraph spacing is
set at 0 pts before and 12 pts after, it screws up the accuracy of the
bookmarks. You click a bookmark and it takes you maybe 1/4 inch after the
heading/destination it's supposed to jump to. It makes it so you can't see
the heading really, or the heading is only partially visible.

You wouldn't think that the Normal (in our case, we've labeled this style
"Body Text") would have anything to do with the alignment of the bookmarks
with headings. But after endless fiddling with the heading and Normal styles
settings, I realized that it is actually the Normal text that controls it.

Try it. It's a major bug in Adobe that I find amazing no one else complains
about. I finally solved it by creating 6 pts of spacing before and 0 pts
after in my Body Text (Normal) paragraph spacing. This setting allows us to
double-space between paragraphs without hitting Enter twice.


Tom Johnson" wrote:

> I've found an easy way to confuse Adobe's bookmarks when you
> convert a Word
> document to a PDF.
> If you set the paragraph spacing of your body text (or normal
> text) to 0 pts
> before and 12 pts after, and then convert it to PDF, the bookmarks are
> misaligned every time!
> (By bookmarks, I'm referring to the links in the Adobe Reader
> bookmarks
> panel, which jump to destinations on the page.)

I don't see any response to this, so maybe I'm not the only one who
doesn't understand. :-)

What do you mean by "bookmarks are misaligned"? Clicking the bookmarks
doesn't take you to the correct destinations?

But your bookmark destinations are headings, not body/normal text,
right? So why do you think body/normal text has something to do with
whatever the problem is?


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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