Hyperlink in Survey to a page in a PDF

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07-21-2020 06:51 AM
TracySchloss
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We are attempting to navigate into a rather large PDF document from within a survey, on an iPad.  Opening the document at it's beginning isn't useful. We'd like to be able to use a parameter like page=#

The hyperlink works in the form to open the PDF, but the page number is being ignored.  The same link works on a PC.

I did some searching, and found a recommendation to remove the = sign

For example, a PC will accept 

https://downloads.esri.com/RESOURCES/ENTERPRISEGIS/Limiting_Access_to_Public_Survey123_Results.pdf#p...

But on an iPad, 

https://downloads.esri.com/RESOURCES/ENTERPRISEGIS/Limiting_Access_to_Public_Survey123_Results.pdf#p...

We tried this, but it doesn't work.

Is there some known limitation for these additional parameters for PDFs that don't work on iPads?  Is there a list somewhere of the input parameters that are accepted?

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JamesTedrick
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Hi Terry,

I'll note that this would be an issue with regard to whatever is reading the PDF, not Survey123.  It also appears you have 2 different links in your example.  Per https://www.adobe.com/content/dam/acom/en/devnet/acrobat/pdfs/pdf_open_parameters.pdf , it appears that page=pagenum is the correct pattern.

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TracySchloss
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Yes, I know I had two different links.  I'd read somewhere that taking out the = would help, so we tried one version with it, one without.  I figured this was a PDF problem, not tied to the Survey.  Is there something different we should do with the syntax of the hyperlink?  It doesn't seem like the document you referenced mentions any sort of differences for what sort of device you use to open the PDF.

I know very little about iPads. If it was a PC, I would suggest a different application for opening PDFs might do the trick.

BTW - this is for the same project we discussed at the UC.  There is a massive manual of regulations to go along with the survey questions, and we're hoping to tie the question to the appropriate part of the manual.  Currently we created thousands of screen shots of the manual, but if we could directly open the actual PDF to the right area of the regulation, that's the better long term solution.

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