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


From: Laura Roberts
Date: Jan 25, 2023 8:54AM

There was already a suggestion on UserVoice which I commented on and added
a sample PDF.

If you want to vote, here you go:

On Wed, Jan 25, 2023 at 10:38 AM Laura Roberts < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> 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> >
> wrote:
>> 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
> 413-588-8422

Best regards,
Laura Roberts