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  • Subject: [mg45552] hyperlink to pdf files
  • From: Christopher Purcell <chris.purcell at>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2004 04:04:05 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I would like to insert hyperlinks to pdf files in notebooks in a  
platform independent way.

I can create a cell that looks like this:

Cell[TextData[ButtonBox["Examples Manual",
English/References/examples.pdf"], None},
   ButtonStyle->"Hyperlink"]], "Input"]

that works great on MacOSX to hyperlink to the file examples.pdf.  I am  
sure I can do something similar on Windows, provided I use Windows  
style paths.

But to have this work in a platform-independent way,
I would like to make the argument of URL[ ]  to be something like:


But this doesn't work. Putting Evaluate around it does not help. URL or  
ButtonData reject everything except the explicit text string. Any other  

Christopher Purcell
Sensors & Actuators Group
DRDC-Atlantic, 9 Grove St., PO Box 1012,
Dartmouth NS B2Y 3Z7 Canada
Tel 902-426-3100 x389
Fax 902-426-9654

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