I’ve got a project that I worked on a few years ago that is in the process of being re-imagined. Trying to bring the site into the 21st century.
One thing that I did on the project, originally, was to create a keyword searchable collection of PDF files. When the list of PDFs that contained the keyword(s) was presented, one could click on a link to said PDF which would open in Reader, and it would highlight all instances of the keyword(s) within the PDF, itself. Quite nice. You could even set the zoom level by a URL parameter value.
Now, the more modern browsers all use browser plugins that open the PDF within the browser. This does not allow the use of URL parameters to automatically open and populate (and execute) the keyword search, or set the zoom. At least, not as far as I can see.
Is there a solution to this? Is there a way to either force the browser to open PDF files in Reader? Or do the browser plugins have a programmatic option for highlighting key words? I’m not seeing any, so far. (Google is my friend.)