October 17, 2011
Mark Senn

If you have trouble using hyperlinks don't use them. They are not required by the Thesis and Dissertation office or any school/department/program that I'm aware of.

Here is an example of how to do hyperlinks in a thesis.

    \documentclass[ece,dissertation]{puthesis}

% Use the pdftex option if you're using pdflatex.
% See the options starting on the bottom of page 2 of
%     http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/hyperref/doc/manual.pdf
% for other choices.
\usepackage[pdftex]{hyperref}

\begin{document}

Here's a link to \href{http://www.stanford.edu}{Stanford University}.

Here's a link to
% Note the \makeatletter, \hyper@tilde, and \makeatother are needed
% to get a tilde (~) in a URI.
\makeatletter
\href{http://engineering.purdue.edu/\hyper@tilde mark/test.txt}{test.txt}.
\makeatother

Here's a link to \href{file:///home/pier/e/mark/test.txt}{/home/pier/e/mark/test.txt}
on the computer you started your PDF reader from.

Here's a link to \href{file:./test.txt}{test.txt}
on the computer and in the directory you started your PDF reader on.

\end{document}