What is a PDF file?
PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It's a distribution format
developed by Adobe Corporation to allow
electronic information to be transferred between various types of computers.
The software which allows this transfer is called Acrobat. In order to view and
print a PDF file you will first need to download and install a copy of the
Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Access.Adobe.Com is a tool that allows blind and visually impaired users to read
any document in Adobe PDF format. The tool converts PDF documents into simple
HTML or ASCII text which can then be read by a number of common screen reading
programs that synthesize the HTML as audible speech. If you are using a screen
reader, download the Access plug-in as well. The Adobe Access plugin is located
To download and install Acrobat Reader, please visit
Adobe's download page.
You can also translate a PDF file into text or html and have it sent to your
e-mail address. To use the TRACE center options:
Send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the
URL of the PDF file in the body of the message and a plain ASCII text file is
Send an e-mail message to email@example.com with the
URL of the PDF file in the body of the message, an HTML file is return