I'm trying to create a PDF document with clickable hyperlinks using Abode Illustrator 2023, however I've noticed a weird issue - if the URL contains the characters "fi" they will be replaced by "%251F" in the URL the computer tries to open if you click on it and will completely not display the "fi" characters in the yellow textbox that appears if you hover over the link.
I am making the text a hyperlink by going to Window > Attributes, selecting "Image Map" to be "Rectangle" and entering the URL below, but that one isn't being used. Whatever value I put in that textbox, clicking the hyperlink just sends me to what is written in the hyperlink text object, itself.
Obviously Illustrator is encoding the URLs for some reason, but does anyone know how I can fix this so I can have "fi" in my URLs?
It's not Illustrator (entirely), it's Adobe Reader. Having "Enable Protected Mode at startup" turned on causes it to double encode URLs. But even after turning that mode off the "fi" gets replaced by "%1F" for some reason. The same does NOT happen if I save the same text with Microsoft Word as a PDF.