Bug ID: 62558
Summary: Converting Wikipedia page to PDF in Acrobat
OS: Windows 7
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Something has changed in the way Wikipedia pages behave when they are read into
Adobe Acrobat. I used to be able to produce good archival copies of articles by
entering the URL in "Create PDF from Web Page" in Acrobat. But within the past
week or two, something changed and the result of doing that is a mess.
The attached pdf file shows the results of archiving a Wikipedia article in
Adobe Acrobat on Feb. 12, 2014 and then again today, March 11, 2014.
Both results were obtained in Adobe Acrobat (version 10) by selecting the
command "Create PDF from Web page" and then entering the URL of the article.
The only difference between the two pages of the attached pdf file is the date
on which that procedure was done.
Note that the result last month was clean and attractive, while the result
today is a mess because of overlap of the left-hand menu with content of the
Please also note that the Wikipedia option, "Download as PDF," is not a
sufficient substitute for this procedure in Acrobat for two reasons:
(1) There is no predictable URL for the result of "Download as PDF." With the
procedure in Acrobat, I could generate a collection of Wikipedia articles by
giving Acrobat a list of URLs on which to perform "Create PDF from Web Page"
within a single file. I can't do that with "Download as PDF" because there are
no URLs to use for that. (Book Creator also does not allow me to enter a list
of articles to include in a book.)
(2) With "Download as PDF," links in the article have no textual clue to
indicate that they are links. So reading a PDF of an article made with that
option, I have no idea what words are linked unless I happen to run the cursor
over those word and see the cursor change to indicate a link.
I hope someone can undo whatever changed that now prevents a clean PDF from
being made by entering a Wikipedia URL in "Create PDF from Web Page" in
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