Commas in URLs: Problems with Acrobat/IE

Charles W. Bailey, Jr. cbailey at
Tue Jul 27 23:39:53 EDT 2004

I have a number of references that have links with
commas in the URLs (e.g., below):,9860,1160108,00.html

Paste it into Firebird and all is well.  Put it into an Acrobat
document and Acrobat fires up IE, which truncates the
URL at the first comma.  Adobe has a few suggestions for
Acrobat (not Reader), none of which I'm wild about:

This boils down to hand edit all the links to
replace commas in the URLs with "%2C",
change the URLs of the documents you are
trying to retrieve (right), or open the page in
Acrobat (it appends to the end of the PDF file).

I don't normally use IE, and have my XP defaults set
to Firebird.  Nonetheless, I seem to be unable to
change Acrobat's behavior in spite of the fact
that every other program respects the XP

I'd like to provide the links as live links in the
Acrobat file, but they may need to be "dead."

Ideas on how to more easily fix the URLs or to change
what appears to be Acrobat's determination
to only use IE?

Thanks for your help.

Best Regards,

Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Assistant Dean for Digital Library
Planning and Development, University of Houston,
Library Administration, 114 University Libraries,
Houston, TX 77204-2000.  E-mail: cbailey at
Voice: (713) 743-9804.  Fax: (713) 743-9811. 

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