Alternative formats

Some of our products are available in accessible Portable Document File (PDF) format that could be particularly useful for disabled customers. Where a PDF version is available this will be indicated alongside the product description. Please note that all usual copyright restrictions apply.

When you order a PDF version of a product, the files will be supplied to you on a CD-ROM. To access the PDF files you need to have Adobe Reader version 6.0 or later installed on your PC. This is available as a free download. You can download the software by clicking on this link and following the onscreen instructions

Accessible PDF Files

There are three levels of accessibility:

Level 1 User can alter text display (magnification and colour). Document may not be searchable and selectable.
Level 2 User can alter text display (magnification and colour). Document is fully searchable and selectable but may not work with screen readers.
Level 3 User can alter text display (magnification and colour). Document is fully searchable and selectable and is screen readable by most screen reading software.

The accessibility level for individual PDF files is included within the product description.

Accessible PDF files have been converted to a tagged screen reader compatible format. You can read and navigate these PDFs using a screen reader in the same way that you would for a web page. A tagged format allows PDF content to reflow on smaller display devices. Even if you do not have a screen reader, you can enable content to be read aloud sequentially in the latest version of Adobe Acrobat.

Accessible PDFs support you if you are blind or visually impaired, have a cognitive learning difficulty such as dyslexia or are using a device with a small display such as a PDA.

If you require a PDF version or alternative format for a product that is not currently supplied, please get in touch with Customer Services - we may be able to help you.