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Help with PDFs
What is a PDF?
Where possible, downloadable documents within this site are in
Portable Document Format (PDF). A standard adopted by governments
and organisations worldwide, PDF is a reliable format for
electronic document exchange that preserves document integrity so
files can be viewed and printed on a variety of platforms. Where
possible we make downloadable documents in this file format for
data security and integrity reasons.
How can I open and view a PDF document?
In order to view a PDF document, you need free software called
Adobe Acrobat Reader, created by the company called Adobe. However
PDFs are not easily accessible to all users so Adobe has developed
a method of converting PDF documents into HTML (normal web pages),
a more accessible format for assistive technologies.
How do I convert a PDF document into HTML?
The URL (the web address) of a PDF document will appear in the
web browser address bar when it is selected. Copy the url (normally
looks like this: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/...) and then visit
Online conversion tools for Adobe PDF documents
Once you have clicked on the link above, you will see an online
form created by Adobe. Simply paste the URL into the box you will
see and the contents of the PDF will be automatically converted to
HTML - an ordinary web page; and in that form it should then be
There are further features and capabilities of Adobe products
that enhance electronic document accessibility for people with
disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and motor impairments.
You can visit their website using the link below, where you will
find this information and links to resources that help people with
disabilities work more effectively with Adobe software.
website for accessibility information.
Internet Crystal Mark
The council's website has been given permission by the
Plain English Campaign to carry the
Internet Crystal Mark.
The Internet Crystal Mark is given to websites that pass the
campaign's standards of clarity in the presentation of web based
Contact the Tower Hamlets Council web team