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From: Laurent Siebenmann <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 03:41:53 GMT
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Here are two past weather reports on the hypertext link breaking problem:


 > From: "Sebastian Rahtz" <[log in to unmask]>
 > Date: Sun, 3 Oct 1999 23:54:27 +0100 (BST)
 > To: [log in to unmask]
 > Cc: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask]
 > Subject: Re: Article about pdfTeX in c't
 > Thierry Bouche writes:
 >  > Sebastian Rahtz a écrit:
 >  > > With the latest dvipdfm, it is actually hard to see much difference
 >  > > for normal people.
 >  >
 >  > How is the ``links across line or page breaks'' problem handled?
 > Not sure _how_, but Mark says he has done it, in the current release.


 > Date:         Mon, 19 Feb 2001 00:36:54 +0000
 > From: Sebastian Rahtz
 > > so why can't i let TeX split the link and nevertheless communicate via
 > > \specials to, say dvips what the unbroken link would be?
 > yes, you can, in theory. no problem. but over the last 4 or 5 years no-one has
 > actually come up with the code to do so. so either
 >  a) it *is* hard
 > or
 >  b) no-one cares enough


My comment: One point that seems not to have been mentioned is that
extended TeX implementations like eTeX and PDFTeX could (or do?) offer
facilities for setting signposts at the end of lines. These alleviate the
worst headaches in constrcting the mouse-sensitive link regions. On the
other hand the first duty of "dvipdfm" (or LaTeX)  has been to serve
ordinary TeX.


Larry Siebenmann