D2L - Document Viewer Does Not Render "Live" HTML Links (UW-Madison)
Links in Word, PowerPoint, and PDF files do not work when the file is viewed in the Content Document Viewer or in the Dropbox.
The Document Viewer creates static images from the documents, so hyperlinks are
flattened. If you have a document with hyperlinks, you should instruct students to download the document to access the link. Alternatively, present the Content as an HTML document rather than linking to a Word or PDF document.
This is expected behavior. The Learn@UW Team is currently working with the vendor of Desire2Learn to find out more details and possible workarounds. If you have any questions, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.