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Re: plug-in/viewer links


From: Golley, Shawn (Intern)
Date: Jul 5, 2007 7:10AM

Responding to the second angle of your question, since Michael covered
the other aspect pretty thoroughly:

it is a good idea to provide links to a central downloads page where you
can provide access to all of the necessary viewers or plugins at once,
rather than placing individual links on each page. We at the PTO
switched to this method about two years ago. This will drastically
reduce the maintenance required should a plugin update in version or a
site redesign cause the download link to change.

Shawn H. Golley
Intern, Section 508 Compliance Division
US Patent and Trademark Office

-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Cheryl Amato
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 7:50 AM
Subject: [WebAIM] plug-in/viewer links

I am doing some work for an agency that puts lots of PDFs and Office
documents online. Must a link to the appropriate plug-in or viewer be
included on each and every page that accesses them, or can all links be
provided on a separate page. Of course there would be a link to the
plug-in page on the page requiring the plug-in.

I realize that HTML is always best but I have little or no control over


Cheryl Amato