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Cham
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hyperref links not working with includePDF

Postby Cham » Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:43 pm

I made my title page with LaTeX, and there are some hyperref links (URLs) in it. PDFLaTeX then created a small PDF file (all hyperref links are working in this PDF file). I added the PDF title-page to the main LaTeX document, using the \includePDF command.

Now, the final PDF file as the proper title-page, but its hyperref links aren't working anymore.

I concluded that the URL link mechanism is broken by the \includePDF command.

Is there a way to make the links back ?

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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:00 pm

Such including destroys links of the included pdf file. The cause is more in the way PDF works.

You can fix it using the pax package. It provides a Java program which reads the hyperlinks and stores them into a file which can be processed by TeX later when including. Like an extension of graphics, files are included but the stored links would be inserted.

It may be a bit cumbersome, so you may decide if it's worth the work.

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Postby Cham » Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:16 pm

Thanks Stefan.

I've read somewhere else that the solution is really painfull to apply. I don't think it's really worth all the troubles, just for a few URLs on the title page. They also said that this may be a bug in LaTeX.

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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:37 pm

Cham wrote:They also said that this may be a bug in LaTeX.


Try including a PDF in Microsoft Word, Viso, OpenOffice or LibreOffice. Does it work somewhere, can you see it in any program, except raw pdf tools like pdftk which concatenate PDF files?

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Postby pineappleburger » Sat May 30, 2020 4:30 pm

For anyone that stumbles upon this 6y-old post (like me): pdftk really works like a charm and preserves any hyperlinks. :D


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