[XeTeX] XeTeX, hyperref and bokmarks in preview on Mac OS X

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Thu May 4 16:56:55 CEST 2006

On 4 May 2006, at 3:28 pm, Hans-Michael Stahl wrote:

> Bookmarks produced by XeTeX using the package hyperref are shown in
> preview but have no effect when clicked on, i.e. the document is not
> positioned to the corresponding location.   While in Bachotek I was  
> told
> that preview cannot handle such bookmarks (whereas the acrobat reader
> can, which I verified). However, I have seen other documents - not
> produced by XeTeX - which have bookmarks which behave as expected also
> in preview.
> As I am not a PDF expert: can someone please explain this difference?

There are several different forms of the link command and  
destinations in PDF, and Preview only understands certain types.  
Unfortunately, the links XeTeX generates use a type of link command  
that Preview doesn't handle. (This wasn't by choice, it's just what  
the PDF::Reuse module that I used happens to generate.)

As we move to a dvipdfmx-based back end, this problem should be  
solved. That driver isn't entirely ready for use with XeTeX on Mac OS  
yet, though -- and has some issues still to be finished on Linux,  
too. So for now that's just the way it is, I'm afraid.


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