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How do I edit out unwanted characters in InDesign hyperlinks, when InDesign puts them there?

Explorer ,
Dec 23, 2020 Dec 23, 2020

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Yes, I'm still using CS6, because I publish print books that are as old as Aldus Freehand, so I have everything back to Aldus Freehand.  Here's my question. Whenever I try to link to an URL that ends with a "/?p=",  InDesign adds a bunch of characters that the causes the hyperlink to get a 'not found' error message. 

 

Please see my attached image. 

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Any url I enter with "?p=" adds the extra characters in the InDesign hyperlink text windows and doesn't forward the designated url.   I 've tried editing and deleting the hyperlinks, sharing the hyperlinks, but any URL with a PID adds the characters I can't edit out using the hyperlink  windows.   This is what I found:   "Originally “#” was used as an anchor to jump to an element with the same name/id. However, nowadays it's usually used with AJAX-based pages since changing the hash can be detected using JavaScript and allows you to use the back/forward button without actually triggering a full page reload."  

 

I'd appreciate any step-by-step suggestions on how to get rid of those additional characters in an InDesign hyperlink?

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Explorer , Dec 23, 2020 Dec 23, 2020
Mike - Delving further into your link, I discovered a great fix: change the characters using tiny.url etc.  It worked.  Thanks for the link!

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Thanks for the link, but it is unusable for me. In other words, it cannot be corrected by a print designer. My expertise is making digital CMYK 300 dpi images and  K/O text print like pics on 60# text and 100#C1S.

 

 

//DecodeURI_AllHyperlinks_DestinationURL_Name.jsx

//DESCRIPTION:Decodes all hyperlink destination URLs and names; can be undone in one go!

//Uwe Laubender

/**

* @@@BUILDINFO@@@ DecodeURI_AllHyperlinks_DestinationURL_Name.jsx !Version! Mon Jun 04 2012 14:48:49 GMT+0200

*/

app.scriptPreferences.userInteractionLevel = UserInteractionLevels.interactWithAll;

app.doScript(_DecodeURI_AllHyperlinks_DestinationURL_Name, ScriptLanguage.JAVASCRIPT, [], UndoModes.ENTIRE_SCRIPT, "Decode all hyperlink URLs and names");

function _DecodeURI_AllHyperlinks_DestinationURL_Name(){

var d = app.documents[0];

var allHyperlinks = d.hyperlinks;

for(var n=0;n<allHyperlinks.length;n++)

 var newDestURL = decodeURI(allHyperlinks.destination.destinationURL);

var newDestName = decodeURI(allHyperlinks.destination.name);

allHyperlinks.destination.destinationURL = newDestURL;

try{

allHyperlinks.destination.name = newDestName;

}catch(e){}; 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mike - Delving further into your link, I discovered a great fix: change the characters using tiny.url etc.  It worked.  Thanks for the link!

 

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Hi spotte,

don't know if my script will help you at all.

However, the code you copied over is faulty, because:

[1] the post you copied the code from was damaged at the end of 2019 when the thread was moved to this new InDesign forum. That happened to a lot of posted scripts that were posted before October or November 2019.

[2] you did not copy all of the code.

 

Let's see if I can correct this:

//DecodeURI_AllHyperlinks_DestinationURL_Name.jsx
//DESCRIPTION:Decodes all hyperlink destination URLs and names; can be undone in one go!
//Uwe Laubender

/**

* @@@BUILDINFO@@@ DecodeURI_AllHyperlinks_DestinationURL_Name.jsx !Version! Mon Jun 04 2012 14:48:49 GMT+0200

*/

app.scriptPreferences.userInteractionLevel = UserInteractionLevels.interactWithAll;

app.doScript
(
	_DecodeURI_AllHyperlinks_DestinationURL_Name , 
	ScriptLanguage.JAVASCRIPT, 
	[] , 
	UndoModes.ENTIRE_SCRIPT, 
	"Decode all hyperlink URLs and names"
);


function _DecodeURI_AllHyperlinks_DestinationURL_Name()
{

	var d = app.documents[0];
	var allHyperlinks = d.hyperlinks;

	for(var n=0;n<allHyperlinks.length;n++)
	{

		var newDestURL = decodeURI( allHyperlinks[n].destination.destinationURL );
		var newDestName = decodeURI( allHyperlinks[n].destination.name );

		allHyperlinks[n].destination.destinationURL = newDestURL;

		try{
		allHyperlinks[n].destination.name = newDestName;
		}catch(e){};

	};

}; //END function "_DecodeURI_AllHyperlinks_DestinationURL_Name()"

 

And I hope, it's OK for you if I give your other reply the "Correct Answer".

The one you mentioned tiny.url …

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

 

 

 

 

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