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Internet Explorer ONLY passes parameters to Adobe Reader plugin for hosted files, not local

May 3, 2012 7:10 AM

Tags: #acrobat #html #plugin #internet-explorer


<embed src=""/>


<embed src="test.pdf#page=5"/>

Both code snippets above work when the HTML file is hosted (IIS / Apache).  My web-app needs to be able to run from a USB memory stick and work with IE9.  The #page param is required for a core feature of the app.


Parameters after the # are passed correctly to the Adobe Reader plugin in Firefox for offline files, eg: file:///C:/test.htm.  The documentation only describes hosted examples: _parameters.pdf


I have tried the <object> route as well with similar results, eg:


I have burned over 8 hours looking for a solution. I have tried any logical settings in Adobe Reader X, and with the security zones in IE.  I am not very familiar with IE security zones, but I suspect it could be related to my issue.  I can specify the end-user change any browser or plugin settings as an acceptable solution.

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    May 3, 2012 11:36 AM   in reply to sseeger1

    PDF is media.   Your IE is doing this on local media for security reasons. rer-Security-settings


    That said, it's better if you don't embed PDF into web pages.  Not everyone has the necessary plug-ins for their browser/devices.  Some people (myself included), prefer to  open PDFs in Acrobat Pro instead of our browsers.  If you embed your PDFs in a web page, people like me will never see them.


    A much safer approach is to insert a small screenshot with a direct link to the PDF file. Your site visitors can decide for themselves how to handle the file. That's how Adobe does it.



    Nancy O.

    Alt-Web Design & Publishing

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