Web pages using Acrobat

If you have the full version of Acrobat then you can create your web pages as PDF files rather than using HTML.

All of the features of HTML are directly or indirectly supported (tables, hyperlinks etc.) plus each page will look exactly the same in all browsers on all operating systems. This is because the entire page layout (including fonts) is stored within the page rather than the page being dynamically built by the browser and making use of whatever fonts are available on the user's system.

You can also password protect PDFs to stop people from being able to print them or copy the text contained within them. There is nothing that you can do to stop anyone stealing your HTML


Linking to a PDF from HTML

You link to a PDF the same way that you would link to another HTML page. The only difference is that the file type that you are linking to is PDF instead of HTM or HTML. Your link might look like this:

 <a href="myfile.pdf" height="75%">Link to Myfile</a>

In this instance the PDF page will be opened and displayed at 75% of its original size.

Depending on the browser that is being used, the PDF page will either open in the browser using the Acrobat Reader plug-in, or (in a few older browsers) will start Acrobat Reader and display the page there.


Linking to HTML from PDF

To create a link in a PDF page, you need to use Adobe Acrobat. First open the page in Acrobat (not Acrobat Reader) and then perform the following steps:

  1. Select the Link tool from the Toolbar
  2. Click and drag the mouse cursor to define the area on the page that you want to define as a link
  3. Choose World Wide Web Link from the Type pop-up menu
  4. Click the Edit URL button and enter the address of the page to link to, then press the OK button


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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