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Chapter 18. Interactive PDF Elements > Types of Interactive Elements

Types of Interactive Elements

There are three different types of interactive elements you can add to InDesign documents: Hyperlinks, Bookmarks, and Buttons. Each has its own particular uses, but some of the features may overlap. Before you start work, decide which type of interactive element is right for you.

FeatureDescriptionAdvantagesLimitations
HyperlinkAdds a hotspot area to text or objects that is linked to other parts of the document, other documents, or Web pages.Can be applied directly to the text inside a story. Can be created automatically using the Table of Contents or Indexing feature.Provides only very primitive visual indications of the linked area.
BookmarkAdds a navigational element that is visible in the Adobe Reader Bookmark pane.The Bookmark pane is visible at all times in the document. Can be created automatically using the Table of Contents feature.Requires some education to teach the reader how to use the Bookmark pane in the Reader.

Is not directly on the document page.

No special visual indication in the document.
ButtonAdds a hotspot area that can contain text or graphics. This hotspot can be set to invoke a wide variety of behaviors including navigation as well as movie or audio playback.Offers the most navigational and design choices.Buttons can’t be created automatically from text.



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