[reportlab-users] canvas linkURL

Robin Becker robin at reportlab.com
Mon Mar 12 12:19:19 EDT 2007

George Kappel wrote:

> Users with Internet Explorer/Adobe Acrobat Reader open our generated pdf

> files but when they click on an external link we would like a new browser

> window to open


> Is it possible to pass a target="_blank" parameter to linkURL?


I don't think so. According to the 1.4 PDF spec table 8.40 says

URI string (Required) The uniform resource identifier to resolve, encoded in
7-bit ASCII.

and I think URI's can't encapsulate the idea of a target window. Clearly they
could actually have an anchor in them, but that's not enough.
Robin Becker

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