- Choosing the format of legislation to be viewed, printed or downloaded
- Downloading documents
- Opening documents
- How to print part of a file
Choosing the format of legislation to be viewed, printed or downloaded
PDF (portable document format) is designed primarily for preserving the look and integrity of the original document and so is suitable for printing by the user. PDF files are generally smaller files and hence more suitable for downloading.
RTF (rich text format) is designed primarily for cutting and pasting or annotating by the user. It also provides a higher level of disability access.
If the RTF file is very large, a ZIP archive file may be provided to assist the user to download the RTF version.
Most documents on the website are available in Adobe PDF or Microsoft RTF. Some documents are only available in PDF format. The appropriate software must be installed on your computer to view documents in these formats.
To view or print PDF documents, Adobe Reader version 5.1 or Adobe Acrobat version 5.0 or a higher version of the reader must be installed on your computer. The Adobe Reader is free and may be obtained by clicking on the following graphic and following the download and installation instructions.
It is possible to copy all the text from a PDF document by opening the PDF file and choosing Edit >> Copy File to Clipboard. The text can then be pasted into a word processing application.
Adobe provides certain tools for people with visual disabilities, visit: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/index.html.
To view or print RTF documents, Microsoft Word or the Microsoft Word Viewer, which is available for free download at http://www.microsoft.com/office/000/viewers.htm, must be installed on your computer.
If an RTF document is large, the document may be compressed and made available in a Zip archive.
Zip archives are wrapper documents that contain 1 or more other files. The files in these archives have been compressed. If the Office of Parliamentary Counsel considers an RTF document to be too large for convenient download, the document is wrapped in a Zip archive to decrease the download time.
There are programs available for free download on the Internet for accessing Zip files.
The Office of Parliamentary Counsel is not affiliated with any of the software vendors listed. It does not guarantee any downloaded software is free from bugs. The user downloads and uses these programs at the user's own risk.
The easiest way to download a document and store it for later use is to right-click over the PDF, RTF or ZIP icon and select 'save target as', then navigate to where the document is to be saved.
To open a document, double-click on the document icon.
How to print part of a file
With the document open in Acrobat Reader, select from the menus >>File>>Print. The dialogue box enables the user to print the current page or specified pages.
With the document open in Word, select from the menus >>File>>Print. The dialogue box enables the user to print the current page or specified pages.
With the document open in Word, select or highlight the text to be printed and then select from the menus >>File>>Print. In the dialogue box select print a selection.
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