Perhaps the reason is that these "hyperlinks" are NOT exported as hyperlinks ...
Remember, Acrobat Reader has a built-in option to 'recognize' links in text; and that option is ON by default. That might be the reason you *think* ID is exporting them correctly.
thanks jonware-- so pdf even recongnizes links where there is no visible url? somehow Word embeds the url so that it is not accessible in Indesign?
and further, i guess htere is an way to properly export links from Word so they do show up in the hyperlinks ID panel
Um. Are you not talking about proper URLs? I kind of assumed you were :)
Actually, hyperlinks *should* import just nicely into ID, not only plain URLs but also those with alternative text. But if they do, they'd show in the hyperlink panel ...
Can you check if they are mentioned in the Hyperlink Destination list in your ID document? That would confirm or disprove they are actually present, at some level.
when I select the text link in ID, there is nothing showing in the Destinations, cross reference or anything...there is no way to edit that link-- and yet PDF does pick it up
Strange! To sum up-- Links need to be imported rather than cut and paste from Word if you need to edit them later