Computer File Formats

The Scottish Parliament publishes content in a variety of electronic file formats.  Tips and links to tools for accessing these files can be found below.

PDF files

To read PDF documents you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat reader which you can download for free from the Adobe website. If you want to access PDF documents with a screen reader please refer to the accessibility informaton on the Adobe website which provides useful tools and resources. Adobe also has a free online conversion tool for converting PDF documents to html.

Microsoft Office files

You will need either Microsoft Office or the free Microsoft Office Online viewers installed on your computer to view, save and print Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

You can download the free Microsoft Office Online converters and viewers from the Microsoft website.

Video / Audio Files

These files require installation and use of Windows Media Player which is available to download free of charge from Microsoft. This file format allows us to "stream" audio and video files to users, which means that you begin hearing and seeing the files without having to wait for the entire file to download. To hear audio on your computer, your system must also have a sound card and speakers or earphones.

Some older versions of media players and internet browsers may require a "plugin" to play video and audio files. We would recommend that your media player and internet browser are up to date.