[scribus] Scribus 1.5.5 (Debian/Testing) doesn't export link text to PDFs

Gary Dale gary at extremeground.com
Tue Jun 23 12:57:02 UTC 2020

On 2020-06-16 18:24, Gregory Pittman wrote:
> On 6/15/20 3:13 PM, Gary Dale wrote:
>> On 2020-06-15 13:14, JLuc wrote:
>>> Le 15/06/2020 à 17:02, Gary Dale a écrit :
>>>> The Scribus method of using PDF annotations is already clumsy - first you have to make it a type of annotation then you have to right-click it again to add the destination. Then there's the fact that the text has to be in a separate text box... Why can't I just select a piece of text inside a box then right-click on it and make it a link (or a note or whatever)?
>>>> It's not a deal breaker for me, but I'm working on a directory where literally half the text should be clickable links - web sites, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.
>>> A script could probably automate this in a nice and friendly way that fits your workflow.
>> I'm using Scribus Generator to create the pages. However the template itself is a lot of work, as is modifying it. With a couple of web links and perhaps 5 e-mails and and a dozen telephone numbers, that's a lot of extra boxes that I need to create and keep lined up.
>> To make matters worse, while Generator will leave text substitutions blank when a variable is empty, when it's a separate text box and a separate link box, it's impossible to have the subsequent text move up during the generation. I have to manually clean this up after the fact.
> I notice that Google Chrome will link from a web address, even without any Annotation link.
> Greg

The issue is whether it should be the job of a PDF reader to decide what 
is linkable or not. Should we expect a PDF reader to also decipher 
e-mail links and phone numbers, which are also clickable? And what about 
making organization names clickable, taking you to their web site? No 
PDF reader is likely to be able to hand that.

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