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You will need appropriate software to view files which you have downloaded to your PC. If this software exists on your PC already, it will be automatically launched and you will be able to view the downloaded document immediately. If it is not present on your PC, you will need to have it loaded. You will need the following software to view the following file formats:

Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

 When you click onto links that have the Adobe pdf icon the document will automatically open up using Adobe Reader.
If you do not have Adobe Reader on your PC, you can get a free copy from the Adobe web site by clicking on Get Adobe Reader.
To minimize download time, save the pdf to your computer and reopen it from this location.
Or see below for information on converting a PDF document into text.

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When you click onto links ending in (.doc) the document will open up using the word processing package you have loaded on your PC.

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Converting a PDF document into text


Option 1
You can mail PDF files as attachments in the body of an e-mail message to pdf2txt@adobe.com (for plain text) or to pdf2html@adobe.com (for HTML). The convertor will mail back the translation of the file. You may submit multiple URLs in a single e-mail.

Option 2
Some PDF documents can be converted easily into text by Adobe's PDF to text conversion tool (http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/convert-to-create-pdf-converter.html). This tool allows people without the Adobe Acrobat program to view the document.

The tool approximates the logical reading order of the text in an Adobe PDF document and reformats it into a single column of text. This solution provides the following three benefits:

  • Users with a visual disability can use familiar applications, screen readers, and Web browsers.
  • PDF files can be accessible on any platform supporting Web browsers and screen readers.
  • Some of the problems screen readers have reading documents with complex layouts are overcome.