How can I create freestanding Hyperlinks

March 19, 2011 at 00:44:50
Specs: Windows XP
Hi- I am creating a series of Word documents for conversion to pdf and inclusion ona freestanding CD. Everything works fine on my HDD but the hyperlinks to the pdfs created in word include the path on my HDD- consequently when loaded onto a cd they will not link to the files that are on the CD but instead look for them on the hard drive. How can I edit or refine the links so that they will look in the same drive/directory as the first document whatever drive the CD may actually be on any given machine? Hope thats clear.
All help greatly appreciated

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#1
March 19, 2011 at 13:16:52
What you want is relative links, which navigate relative to the file being viewed. See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/903163

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#2
March 20, 2011 at 10:04:27
Thanks for your help - and this sounds exactly what I need- but the relative links are default in word and having looked at the update on exit options I have this enables already. Is the problem something to do with the conversion to pdf which saves the full path rather than the simple relative path?
Cheers
MIke

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#3
March 20, 2011 at 11:06:27
The problem seems to be that Word uses a hyperlink base to orient its "relative" addresses, which kind of makes the whole system rather useless. On that page, above, see how to re-spec the Word file's hyperlink base. The problem with that, though, is that optical drives can have differing drive letters. You need a way to make the Word file and its links truly portable, and I don't see how to do it.

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#4
March 21, 2011 at 02:30:52
Well tahnks anyway- maybe I can edit in adobe although I don't have the full version. Otherwise I will have to write an autorun program to copy all the files to a new directory that can be created on a path that everyone would have (eg C:\myfiles\*.*) Do you know how to write a windows exe file to do that?- I could do it in DOS but that's obsolete now!
Cheers
Mike

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#5
March 21, 2011 at 05:26:41
Evidently the only way for Word to do this is by saving the file as a Web page.. I checked openoffice, and it doesn't seem to deal with relative addressing at all in its Write module. Word spews the most grotesque html code imaginable, but maybe for simple files it would be acceptable. Or just write the files in clean html.

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#6
March 22, 2011 at 01:02:50
Well thanks- the docs are too long to make good web pages so I will just have to copy them
Anyway thanks a lot for your help
Mike

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