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Re: Help! Inadvertently checked "Tag Annotations" in right-click menu


From: Laura Roberts
Date: Jan 25, 2023 8:38AM

Did more troubleshooting and both of you are right.

Acrobat is acting a little strange here.
So what happens is if you create a PDF from a Word doc with cold links in
it, when you first open the PDF and hover the mouse over the cold links,
the cursor remains a cursor and it appears that the links are cold.
But don't be fooled - there's a DELAY - if you wait about a few seconds,
then go back and hover over the supposedly cold link again, the link has
changed to hot and clickable.

So Karen, I'm going to try what you said and see if that works when I'm
revising this PDF.

Been remediating for years and Adobe always finds a new way to drive me
crazy lol.
(To make things even more interesting, to save money my main client
switched to Foxit and IMO, Foxit is not ready for prime time when it comes
to remediation. I had to report bugs to Foxit on Day One.)

On Wed, Jan 25, 2023 at 10:08 AM Laura Roberts < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> This is in Adobe Acrobat not Reader. You can only get to the menu in
> question by right-clicking on a tag in the tags panel.
> I found that if "tag annotations" is unchecked while remediating, the
> links remain cold. In other PDFs I remediated where I didn't accidentally
> click that, the problem doesn't occur.
> I have the feeling I'm going to have to redo a big chunk of this PDF...ugh
> On Wed, Jan 25, 2023, 2:22 AM Steve Green < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> wrote:
>> What you are describing is a native Adobe Reader feature that you cannot
>> control. It automatically makes text clickable if it has either of the
>> following structures:
>> [anything]://[anything]
>> www.[anything]
>> In the latter case, it adds the protocol http:// to the link, not
>> https://.
>> It does not alter the annotations or tags, so the links are not in the
>> focus order and they are not accessible to assistive technologies. It's
>> just a feature that Adobe thought would be useful to some people.
>> The behaviour is different in other PDF reader applications. For
>> instance, Firefox and VIP PDF Reader do not create any links. Chrome does
>> create links, but it uses slightly different rules:
>> [http or https]://[anything]
>> www.[anything]
>> The only way to prevent Adobe Reader and Chrome from creating links
>> automatically is to use URLs that don't match those structures. I can't
>> think of any nice way to do that, so you would probably need to resort to a
>> nasty hack like adding a very narrow space after the colon. I don't think
>> that would cause any problems for assistive technologies when reading the
>> link, but you would need to test it.
>> That said, I don't like doing hacks like that, so when I had the same
>> problem I just told the client the reason and said there is nothing we can
>> do.
>> Steve Green
>> Managing Director
>> Test Partners Ltd
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of
>> Laura Roberts
>> Sent: 24 January 2023 23:18
>> To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>> Subject: [WebAIM] Help! Inadvertently checked "Tag Annotations" in
>> right-click menu
>> Hi,
>> In a PDF I was remediating, I inadvertently checked the "tag annotations"
>> in a tag right click menu. This causes Acrobat to assign annotations to
>> URL's as they are created.
>> The PDF in question has some URL's that they do NOT want linked, since
>> the links become outdated fairly often.
>> How to fix this?
>> I tried:
>> Edit PDF>Link>Add link - BUT there is no link to delete I tried right
>> clicking on the URL text tag itself to see if any menu options appeared to
>> remove the link, but there are none I checked the tags attributes, etc but
>> I don't see anything there And as you all are probably aware - it's
>> impossible to delete an annotation in the content panel.
>> Even though the link appears not to be present in the tag and edit menus
>> - it the cursor still turns into a hand over it in the PDF and it is
>> clickable.
>> Attached screenshot of right click menu and of a cold link that pops up
>> the URL when it shouldn't - wasn't able to capture the cursor turning into
>> hand, you'll have to take my word for it.
>> I cannot figure this out for the life of me!
>> Thanks,
>> Laura
>> >> >> >> >>

Best regards,
Laura Roberts