can download and get help using the Adobe
Acrobat Reader to view and print PDF documents. If you
are having trouble printing the PDF document check Adobe's
website for troubleshooting
advice, or e-mail us
for a free copy of the report.
Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) Files
Persons using screen-reading devices generally cannot
directly read documents in PDF format. Adobe Systems, Inc.,
provides a free translation service through their Access web pages, which
will translate PDF files to web pages (HTML documents).
This can be used in one of three ways:
- The user's browser can be configured to use this service
as a helper application, so that every time they click
on a link to a PDF document, this document is automatically
sent to the Access server and returned as a web page.
- The user can go to the Access.adobe.com server
and fill out a form. When this form is submitted, the
server will retrieve the PDF document, translate it,
and return it to the user.
- The user can send an e-mail message to the Access server,
giving the address of the document to be translated.
The server will then get this document and translate
it to either a web page or a text (ASCII) document. Note
that this is the only one of the three options that also
gives the ability to produce a text document from the
If PDF files are not on the Internet and the user doesn't
want to submit the files as an e-mail attachment for translation, Adobe
Access is a free downloadable accessibility plug-in
for use with the latest versions of the Adobe Acrobat Reader
for Microsoft Windows 3.1, Windows 95, or Windows NT. This
plug-in converts PDF files on a user's local system into
plain text, which can be read by screen reading programs.
For systems with Internet access, Adobe recommends using
Access translation service instead.
For other PDF tools, see the PDFzone