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.

Note: 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, check 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.