Introduction

PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file format that was created by Adobe to provide a means of representing any document file type in a format that was independent of the software, hardware or operating system.

Adobe also created a free reader application called Adobe Acrobat Reader, now called Adobe Reader DC that is freely available for Windows, Macintosh and Android.

Other PDF readers are available offering different sets of features.

In addition to providing a format that is viewable across almost all devices PDF also provides:

  • a non-editable document format that maintains the integrity of the original;
  • a printable document, a feature regularly requested by learners;
  • access to accessibility features such as reflow, colour, contrast, and read-aloud, making your documents more inclusive;
  • a navigable document structure.
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