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I suppose this might also go on SuperUser, but I'm only interested in it insofar as implementing it in LaTeX, so I'll ask here.

I feel certain that I've seen PDF's where the actual PDF page number of (for example) the title page is not 1 or i, or any of the standard choices I know are possible in LaTeX, but rather the word "Title", like this:

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(the numbering would then continue as usual, with the second page in the document being indicated as "1" in the white box, etc.)

This is only a mock-up, because unfortunately I can't find any examples of PDFs that are like this (perhaps I've only imagined it?) but hopefully I have specified the idea well enough, and I'd like to know if it's possible to do in LaTeX.

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@cmhughes: Yes, but that appears only to deal with what is displayed on the page. I'm interested in specifying the metadata of the PDF so that a given page number is a word. – Zev Chonoles Dec 5 '12 at 0:17
@cmhughes Have you seen SE Comment Link Helper? ;) – doncherry Dec 5 '12 at 5:06
@doncherry thanks, will bookmark it :) – cmhughes Dec 5 '12 at 16:31
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Digging into hyperref source code, I discovered a macro of promising name: \thispdfpagelabel. I tried it with the following MWE:


Bingo! The resulting pdf has the pages numbered from 1 to 4, as usual, but Adobe Reader showed this in the status bar:


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Perfect, thanks! – Zev Chonoles Dec 5 '12 at 1:44
TBH, I would never think Heiko made such stuff exist. – yo' Dec 5 '12 at 8:06

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