Adobe® Reader® FAQ
What do I need to use Adobe® Reader® on the Internet?
You need the Adobe® plugin which is available free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html
The Adobe plugin has been widely distributed and may already be installed on your computer. You can test to see if your computer can display Adobe files with this small test.
What is Adobe?
Adobe Reader is software that allows you to read documents saved in the Adobe [.pdf] format.
Why are you using Adobe instead of html?
There are times when the Adobe format works better than html (the usual format for Web pages). We frequently create Adobe documents from work that has been printed. This allows users to see and print the document as it appeared in the original version (including fonts that they may not own and with the formatting exactly as it was in the printed piece).
We have had reports from some users that they have had trouble opening, reading, or printing some large PDF files.
If that is the case with you, we suggest that you go to the page and:
Currently there are no specific Section 508 guidelines for PDF files but you can ensure the accessibility of your documents by following these procedures:
*When the "Make Accessible Plug-In" utility is activated by the user, the utility converts a multi-column PDF file into a single-column text or HTML file. This creates a document that a screen reader can understand.