SRP Web Site Help Files & Downloads
Files and Downloads
Web browsers have different ways of handling downloads from the Web. Some of the files on the SRWM Web site will be recognized by many Web browsers as downloadable files and will be be downloaded when you select the file. Other files might need to be downloaded manually. Some browsers use a "save link" function to download a selected the file. Check the instructions for your browser.
Before giving up on downloading from the Web, there are a couple of things to try:
It is very likely that your browser tried to display a file intended to be downloaded but the Web browser tried to render it as online text. You may need to tell the browser to download the file.
Because there can be many cause for such difficulties, the answers below are suggestions to consider rather a single solution.
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The formats usually used for downloadable files on the SRP Web site include:
Usually the SRWM offers multiple file formats for a given document to help Web site visitors get a version that best fits their needs. Some file formats allow one to edit and customize documents such as forms. Other formats capture the look of the printed edition of the document. The multiple file formats also give a better chance that at least one version of the document will be readable on most computer systems.
Here's a chart to help you compare many of the the file formats and decide which one to choose.
The .DOC files are word processing document files created with Microsoft Word software. Word processing software from various vendors offer an option to read Microsoft Word documents. Microsoft offers viewers and converters for for various versions of Windows from Microsoft Corporation's Web page at http://office.microsoft.com/Assistance/9798/viewerscvt.aspx.
There are various non-Microsoft software packages, such as Open Office, that can handle .DOC files.
The .XLS files are spreadsheet files created with Microsoft Excel software. Spreadsheet software from various vendors offer an option to read Microsoft Excel documents. Microsoft offers viewers and converters for for various versions of Windows from Microsoft Corporation's Web page at http://office.microsoft.com/Assistance/9798/viewerscvt.aspx.
There are various non-Microsoft software packages, such as Open Office, that can handle .XLS files.
Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) is a method of sharing computer publications in a way that reproduces the publication's printed appearance.
One of the major advantages of the PDF format is that gives a reasonably close reproduction of the original document's format without requiring the user to have the same software, fonts, etc. as the document's author. This is particularly useful for forms, brochures and other documents where format is important.
The Acrobat PDF document can be read and printed with a royalty-free reader program for DOS, Windows, Macintosh, and some versions of UNIX. You can download a copy of the reader software from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.
Adobe maintains a Web site to help people with PDF accessibility. The site is at http://access.adobe.com/. The site provides information, tool, and other accessibility resources. Adobe also has several online PDF conversion tools at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html
If you are having trouble with any of our PDF documents and accessibility, please contact us. Thank you.
The NJDEP and Site Remediation & Waste Management Program cannot offer technical support for software produced by other parties. We recommend you to check the documentation that came with the software and to check the Adobe support page.
The SRWM Web site developers seek to provide documents in at least a couple of formats to make them more accessible. Sometimes, we can get an electronic document in only the PDF format. When time allows, we convert the PDF text to HTML format for online browsing.
At this stage of the technology, PDF is the most readily available means of turning documents from some computer systems into a useable electronic format. As more software applications can produce HTML documents, we'll able to have fewer documents that are available solely as PDF files.
It is possible to confuse DBF files with PDF files but they are very different formats. DBF files, also called "dBase data files", can be read by various database programs. Such programs include Access, FoxPro, dBase, Alpha 4, etc. There are file utilities that include DBF file viewers.
The ZIP format is a method of compressing one or more files into a single file that is usually smaller than the uncompressed set of files. For downloads, the ZIP format provides the advantages of faster downloads and of keeping related files together. For the Web environment, ZIP files are usually recognized as files that should be downloaded.
Some software vendors providing ZIP utilities:
DISCLAIMER: We are not endorsing these vendors in particular nor are these the only vendors providing suitable utilities for unpacking ZIP files.
ISO 9660 files (.iso) provide a digital image of a CD-ROM's data. These files can be used by many CD-ROM writing ("CD burning") software programs to create a CD-ROM on one's CD writer drive. Examples of programs that can create CD-ROMs from ISO files include Nero, Roxio Easy CD Creator, and K3B.
The commands for using the ISO files varies among software products. The NJDEP cannot provide technical support for using software on one's computer. Consult your program's manuals or help documents. Sometimes, the terms "CD image" or "Creating CD from image file" is used.
Hint: On some systems, opening an .iso file in a file manager window will launch the default CD-ROM writing program for the system and start the CD creation process with the ISO file.
NOTE: The ISO files are often large files and it is possible (but not common) that the data might get corrupted download. Such corruption might make the CD-ROMs created with the corrupted ISO file unusable. If you encounter problems with the downloaded ISOs getting corrupted, the following might be helpful:
DISCLAIMER: We make no special endorsements for the above sites or their software.
In places where download files are mentioned on the SRP page, we try to give you an idea of the approximate file size in Kilobytes or Megabytes.
This helps to give an idea of how long it takes to download the file. A rough rule of thumb is 2Kb equals approximately 1 second with a 28.8K modem.
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