[reportlab-users] Turn off automatic mailto links?

Robin Becker robin at reportlab.com
Wed Jul 29 06:25:36 EDT 2009

David Ostroske wrote:

> Can somebody please show me how to write email addresses (or strings

> that look like email addresses) without having them treated like

> mailto links in Adobe Reader?


> The documentation contains email addresses without links, so it must

> be possible. But code as simple as the following makes a mailto link

> out of example at example.com automatically.


> from reportlab.platypus.doctemplate import SimpleDocTemplate

> from reportlab.platypus.paragraph import Paragraph

> from reportlab.lib.styles import ParagraphStyle


> doc = SimpleDocTemplate('C:/TEMP/test.pdf')

> defaultstyle = ParagraphStyle(name='default')

> story = [Paragraph("example at example.com", defaultstyle)]

> doc.build(story)


I'm fairly sure that is being done by the display application rather than
anything we do. I looked at what's produced by your example

> BT 1 0 0 1 0 5.17 Tm /F2 10 Tf 12 TL (example at example.com) Tj T* ET

so our code isn't doing anything to promote the idea that we want a link. Even
so, acrobat demented reader insists on showing it as a clickable mailto link.
I've tried a few experiments and nothing obvious seems to do the right thing.

Robin Becker

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