Background

HTML (the code behind Web pages) cannot maintain all the original formatting and presentation of many documents. In such cases, we use a different format: Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF documents maintain the look of the original document, and they can be viewed on any Macintosh, PC, or Unix computer. First, however, you must download and install the free Adobe Reader program. Please use the most current reader from Adobe to ensure compatibility with all PDF files on EPA's site. The Adobe Reader is also sometimes referred to as the Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Installing Adobe Reader

The Adobe Reader website  contains detailed information on this product, and allows you to download free copies of Adobe Reader for Windows, Macintosh or UNIX systems.

We suggest that you configure Adobe Reader as a plug-in application for your web browser. You will not have to wait for a separate application to launch; you can read PDFs directly in your browser. You can start reading the PDF file while it's still downloading. You can also read PDF pages side by side.

If you already have a web browser installed on your computer when you install Adobe Reader, it should automatically install itself as a browser plug-in. You will know that it is properly installed as a helper application if you see the PDF file in the browser window, with a row of special Reader buttons along the top of the viewing screen.

 


Downloading Large Adobe PDF Files

Download times of large PDF files vary based on connection speed. If a document is labeled with a megabyte, it should be considered a large file and it may take a while to download to your PC.


Accessibility of Adobe PDF Files

Adobe provides online conversion tools  to help visually disabled users read PDF documents. They convert PDF documents into either HTML or ASCII text, which can then be read by a number of common screen reader programs.

Visit http://access.adobe.com/  for more information on how to make .pdf files more accessible to people with disabilities.

 


Copyright

Adobe®, Reader®, and Adobe Type Manager® are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. © Copyright Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.