Help with PDFs
The downloadable documents available from this site are in Portable Document Format (often referred to as PDF). This is a standard adopted by governments and organisations worldwide.
PDF is a reliable format for electronic document exchange, which preserves document integrity so files can be viewed and printed on a variety of platforms. We chose to make all downloadable documents in this file format for data security and integrity reasons.
How can I view a PDF document?
In order to view a PDF document, you need free software called Adobe Acrobat Reader, created by the company called Adobe. However PDFs are not easily accessible to all users so Adobe has developed a method of converting PDF documents into HTML (normal web pages), a more accessible format for assistive technologies.
How do I convert a PDF document into HTML?
The URL (the web address) of a PDF document will appear in the web browser address bar when it is selected. Copy the url (normally looks like this: www.nameofsomething...) and then visit Adobe's website on the link below.
Online conversion tools for Adobe PDF documents
Once you have clicked on the link above, you will see an online form created by Adobe. Simply paste the URL into the box you will see and the contents of the PDF will be automatically converted to HTML - an ordinary web page; and in that form it should then be accessible.
There are further features and capabilities of Adobe products that enhance electronic document accessibility for people with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and motor impairments. You can visit their website using the link above, where you will find this information and links to resources that help people with disabilities work more effectively with Adobe software.