MS Word (.doc & .docx): Documents formatted in Microsoft word processing software. A viewer for reading and printing these files is available from Microsoft's Download Center.
MS Excel Format (.xls & .xlsx): Spreadsheets. A viewer for reading and printing these files is available from Microsoft's Download Center.
MS PowerPoint (.ppt & .pptx): Slide show presentations. A viewer for reading and printing these files is available from Microsoft's Download Center.
IBM Lotus Symphony: an accessible alternative to the Microsoft File viewers. Symphony is available from IBM's Download Site.
OpenOffice: An accessible alternative to the Microsoft file viewer. For MS accessibility options go to OpenOffice.
HTML or HTM (HyperText Markup Language): The web versions of documents, complete with hyperlinks to referenced information, as available. Use these files if you want to read the document online with your browser.
MS Windows Media Viewer (.asf, .mp3, .wav, .wmz) : A tool for inspecting the contents of files such as .asf, .wma, .wmv, and .mp3 files. A viewer for viewing these files is available from Microsoft's Download Center. Accessibility note: In order to see the captions in Windows Media Player you will need to turn on the captions feature.
RM, RMVB (Real Audio/Video): Audio and video files on the web. You must have a recent version of RealPlayer to play these files. The player is available from Real's Web site.
PDF (Portable Document Format): A universal file format that preserves the look and layout of a printed document. These files are accessible through a free viewer published by Adobe. Select this file type if you want to print a copy of the document. PDF files cannot be edited electronically. Read PDF accessibility options for more information. The newest version of Acrobat Reader has the ability to read documents aloud.
SWF (Flash): Adobe (previously Macromedia) Flash files. You must have a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. The player is available from Adobe's Web site.