Help with accessing PDFs on our websites
Every PDF file on our website has a cover which contains a link to a free download of Adobe Reader and a link to the Adobe online PDF conversion tool as well as a link to the PDF file itself.
What is Adobe Reader?
Adobe Reader is a software program that is available to download for free from the Adobe website and allows you to read and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
Download Adobe Reader (new window)
Using a screen reader to access PDF documents
If you are a screen reader user, we endeavour to make PDF files on our site accessible to screen readers but as yet cannot guarantee that all content of every PDF online is accessible. As an alternative we provide a link to Adobe’s online PDF conversion tool. Please see the following paragraph for further information.
What is the Adobe PDF conversion tool?
The Adobe conversion tool will provide a conversion to HTML 3.2 or text file format. Adobe will convert the document immediately if you upload the file via the form provided on their website or you can send it to them via email attachment.
Adobe conversion tools (new window)
If you prefer to use your screen reader with a browser you could have the document converted to either HTML or text file format. If you wish to use your screen reader with word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Notepad you will need a text version of the document.
For further information on Adobe products and accessibility go to the Adobe accessibility section: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/index.html (new window).
If you have any feedback you would like to share with us about PDF documents on our websites send us an email, we would like to hear from you.