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6. Dynamic PDF > 83. Modify PDF Hyperlinks at Serve-Time

Modify PDF Hyperlinks at Serve-Time

Add live session data to your PDF on its way down the chute.

After publishing your PDF online, it can be hard to gauge what impact it had on readers. Get a clearer picture of reader response by modifying the PDF’s hyperlinks so that they pass document information to your web server.

For example, if your July newsletter’s PDF edition has hyperlinks to:

http://www.pdfhacks.com/index.html

you can append the newsletter’s edition to the PDF hyperlinks using a question mark:

http://www.pdfhacks.com/index.html?edition=0407

When somebody reading your PDF newsletter follows this link into your site, your web logs record exactly which newsletter they were reading.

Take this reader response idea a step further by adding data to PDF hyperlinks that identifies the user who originally downloaded the PDF. With a little preparation, this is easy to do as the PDF is being served.


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