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HTML, the code used to create Web pages, cannot maintain all of the original formatting and presentation of many documents. In such cases, EPA uses a different format called 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. However, you must download and install the free Acrobat* Reader* program at exit EPA. Please be sure to use the most current reader from Adobe to ensure compatibility for all PDF files on EPA's site.

Adobe provides online conversion tools exit EPA for Adobe PDF documents that help visually disabled users whose screen reader software is not compatible with the Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0. These online tools convert PDF documents into either HTML or ASCII text, which can then be read by a number of common screen reader programs.

* Adobe, Acrobat, and Adobe Type Manager are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. © Copyright 1994 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.

Disclaimer: The preceding links are not located on the EPA Web site but are provided to help you find tools and information you may need to use materials from the EPA Web site. These links do not represent an endorsement of the products or any commercial enterprise.


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