Why PDF (Portable Document Format)?
While HTML is great for displaying information on the Web
site or Intranet, it is not very structured and is not the best choice for producing
online manuals and booklets that require rigid text formatting.
PDF is the de facto standard for electronic distribution of
documents because it's the best way to keep the look and feel you created intact.
PDF files are compact, cross platform and can be viewed by anyone with a free Acrobat
Reader. And you can create PDF files from any application using Adobe Acrobat 3.0 - even
directly from paper!
Additional benefits of using PDF:
- PDF files can be distributed globally via e-mail, the Web,
corporate intranets or CD-ROM.
- Acrobat Reader's navigation and zoom features enable closer
review of PDF file text and images, even within your browser!
- PDF files can be easily viewed and printed a page at a time.
Links, annotations, live forms, security options, video, and sound can be added to PDF
files for enhanced online viewing with Adobe(R) Acrobat 3.0.
How to Read PDF Files?
The RIDE school reports are also available in PDF format on
the Internet, these are denoted by the icon .
If you don't already have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader
software and want to view PDF files, you'll have to download it. This reader is available
free of charge from the Adobe
Acrobat Download Page.
There are Acrobat Reader versions for all major computer platforms, including Windows,
Windows 95, Macintosh, Sun and UNIX. To
download the reader, you'll need a computer and a web browser (such as Netscape Navigator
or Internet Explorer) connected to the internet. If
you are using a modem to connect to the Internet, it may take you extra time to complete
Please follow the instructions on the Adobe Acrobat Download Page
to download and install the Acrobat Reader.
Once you've downloaded and installed the Acrobat Reader, you'll be able to view PDF files
simply by clicking on the link to the PDF file in your
browser. Either the browser will handle the PDF file, or it will bring up another program
for viewing the PDF file. Either way, a special window
will appear that contains buttons that work only for PDF files. Use these buttons to
navigate through the file. If you're having trouble, visit the Adobe Acrobat Reader help site
for more information.
Please refer to help on how to print the
reports for any printing related issues
Printing the Reports from the PDF
The Portable Document Format (PDF) files are the
electronic equivalents of the formatted reports as they appear in the printed version
(hardback volume). If you like to view and print the reports in the same format as
they appear in the printed version, we recommend you print from the Portable Document
Format (PDF) files.
In order to view and print the PDF files, you
would need a free software called "Acrobat Reader". If you do not have Acrobat
Reader on your computer, it is very easy to install and is useful for a variety of
printing functions. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded, for free, at: Adobe Acrobat Download Page.
Refer to help on how to read the pdf files for more
Once you've downloaded and installed the Acrobat
Reader, you'll be able to view PDF files simply by clicking on the link to the PDF file in
browser. You will be able to either open the PDF document in your Web browser for
inline viewing, or in Acrobat Reader if the Reader has been set
up as a helper application for your browser.
Printing the PDF Documents From Your
Refer to printing
the reports from the HTML files below.
Printing the PDF
Documents From the Acrobat Reader
First, select the print options you want by
using the File > Print Setup
(Windows and UNIX) or Page Setup (Macintosh)
command. When you are ready to print, choose File
Acrobat Reader offers a Shrink
to Fit print option not available with most other applications. Shrink to Fit shrinks (and if necessary) rotates
oversized pages to fit on the paper size currently loaded in your printer.
Printing the Reports from the HTML
Many of the File and Edit menu items in the
Netscape application work as they do on other applications.
To print the reports from the current HTML page:
First, choose File
> Print or press the Print button
in the toolbar.
Second, a print dialog box lets you select
printing options and begin printing.
On Windows, you can choose File > Print Preview to see a screen display of
a printed page.
Note: With older versions of Netscape and
Explorer, the "What you are looking at" and "What you are looking for"
text that appears below the graphs do not print. Updating the your software to version 4.0
or higher will solve this