Use 2 nearly identical template files
1)  Called "PDF Template" with a Link character tag showing desired online
2)  Called "Print Template" with a Link character tag set to "As Is"

-Matt Sullivan

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-----Original Message-----
[ at] On
Behalf Of Kevin Hunter
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2007 10:13 AM
To: 'framers at'
Subject: techniques to indicate hyperlinks in frame

hello everyone,

This is not strictly a Frame technical issue, but could turn into one, so I
thought I'd try you first.

We use frame to produce software user guides which we make available in
print or as PDFs. Being a software guide, we have frequent web links for
additional info of various kinds. 

I'm looking for a simple but effective technique of visually indicating, in
the PDF version of the guide, that certain text strings are hyperlinks. 
Ideally, this technique would be invisible in the print version, where the
links obviously wouldn't work.

I don't want to include full URLs in the text flow because they can be long
and ugly, and functionally useless: ie, no one is going to type in a 200
character URL (which may be the actual address address of a page, with all
it's parameters, to subscribe to a web event) when the same URL can be
gotten to by clicking a link directly from our home page. So in the text, I
want to tell them how to find the link, and in the PDF version of the guide,
I want part of those instructions to also BE a hyperlink. 

I've thought of using a simple icon to include within my text flow, which
I'd hyperlink. This icon would be visible in both the printed and PDF
versions of the guide, as I'm not sure it'd be worth the hassle to condition
it out of the PDF I send to the printers. This isn't necessarily a totally
undesirable solution, but I was just wondering if anyone had something more
elegant, or knew of a standard for this type of thing.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions. 

Kevin Hunter

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