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File Formats

Files on this website can be accessed in three ways:

  1. Your Web browser has built-in functionality to display them (native Web pages).
  2. For some proprietary file formats (.pdf, .swf), "add-in", "extension", or "plug-in" software can be installed to enable inline viewing within your Web browser.
  3. Files can be saved to your computer ("downloaded") and accessed with a software application not associated with your Web browser. Example file formats include .csv, .doc, .pdf, .ppt, .txt, .xls, and .zip.

Following are links that you can use to learn about the technologies necessary to access files provided on this site:

Comma-separated values (.csv) — A delimited data format that has fields separated by the comma character and records separated by newlines. (More .csv information from Wikipedia.org)

Flash (.swf) — A file format, offered by Adobe SystemsŪ, for presenting multimedia experiences and richly interactive interfaces via the Web. Most browsers come with Flash support pre-installed — if your browser does not display Flash files, you can obtain a broswer plug-in at Adobe's Web site.

Microsoft® Word® (.doc) — Word processing files for distribution of business documents and forms.

Microsoft® Excel® (.xls) — Spreadsheet files for storing and transferring numerical data and graphical displays based upon this data.

Microsoft® PowerPoint® (.ppt) —  Presentation files for communicating ideas in a salient, structured manner.

The Office® suite of software, from Microsoft®, is the most widely used for working with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. Microsoft also offers "Viewer" software for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files at no monetary cost to you. Please visit Microsoft's Office Web site.

PDF (.pdf) — Platform-independent, lightweight files used for distributing documents that retain a high degree of visual fidelity to the original source document, including business letters, forms, and digital graphics.

Adobe® Reader® is the most widely distributed software for viewing .pdf files; it is available at no monetary cost to you on Adobe's Web site.

Text (.txt) — Files consisting of text with very little formatting (e.g., no bolding or italics). (More .txt information from Wikipedia.org)

ZIP (.zip) — "Archive" files that hold one or more other files and also compress the file size of these. To access the contents of a .zip file, you must decompress it. (More .zip information from Wikipedia.org)

Web Browser Configuration

A web browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web. Popular browsers include Internet Explorer®, Firefox®, and Safari®. Some areas of this website require that you enable cookies and / or javascript.


Cookies are small data files that this website stores on your computer. Only this website can read this data, and this website can't read data from other sections of your computer, this website can only read data from the cookie files it saves.


Following are browser-specific instructions on how to activate JavaScript:

Internet Explorer 8

Click the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options". Click the "Security" tab. Click the "Custom level …" button. Scroll to the "Scripting" category, and click the "Enable" radio button under "Active scripting".