What do I have to do in InDesign in order to display my publication as I want?

This article shows how InDesign can be used to produce the PDF publication of your requirements.

InDesign is used as an example but the same methodology can be applied for most of the available design systems.

  • Size, position and type of an interactive content is set in InDesign. The assets for an interactive content are created and delivered separately.
  • Size and position is defined by creating visible or invisible frames on a page.
  • Type is defined by creating a hyperlink for the frame and metadata about the interactive content added to the hyperlink URL.
  • Any existing text or graphic object on the page can also be used to set up a hyperlink.
  • Links in the text are read automatically when uploaded to the Publisher.

Hyperlinks - InDesign

A hyperlink can be created for texts, graphical objects or for frames. The purpose of hyperlinks is to open content based on the metadata added to the hyperlink┬┤s URL.

URL field is used to add metadata about each type of an interactive content. The metadata controls the type and behaviour of the interactive content.

Reference: For more details, refer to Adobe- How to add hyperlink.

Icon types
Shown below are different types of icons used in hyperlinks.

icon = default - To display the system default icon

Example: rpc://tags/galleries/skarstavev?target=skarstadview&icon=default

In the above example, the system default icon is displayed.

icon = icon_name - To display different icon

Example: rpc://tags/galleries/skarstavev?target=skarstadview&icon=icon-fb

In the above example, the Facebook icon is shown instead of the system default icon.

Invisible tag - remove the "?icon" parameter from the metadata to make the hyperlink invisible.

Example: rpc://tags/galleries/skarstavev?target=skarstadview

In the above example, the icon parameter is removed from the metadata to make the gallery tag invisible.