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Help for using BJS products

Acrobat documents | Spreadsheets | ZIP archives

BJS provides its products on the Internet in a variety of electronic formats to provide access to users with varying electronic capabilities. Some of these formats require interpreting applications you need to install on your computer as plug-ins to web browsers or stand-alone only applications.

Acrobat documents
Using the portable document format (.pdf), Acrobat documents are full electronic renderings of published documents including the text, page layout and graphics that can be viewed and printed on any platform. A free reader appropriate for your computer is needed to view an Acrobat document. This reader can be used as a stand-alone or as a plug-in within a web browser to view documents as they are downloaded from the Internet. Instructions on using this software as a plug-in should be available with your web browser.

Arrow Get Adobe Acrobat Reader.

BJS data tables are available in "comma-separated variable" (CSV) format. CSV files are non-proprietary text files that should be readable by any spreadsheet software. Depending on browser configuration and firewall settings, the CSV file may display directly in your browser window. Otherwise, you'll be prompted to save the file to locally where it can then be opened.

ZIP archives
In many instances, the spreadsheets or other files have been grouped and compressed to speed downloads. These archival files are presented in .zip format that must be expanded for use. Commercial and free expanders are available for most platforms.

arrowGo to Info-ZIP for free, portable, high-quality versions of the Zip and Unzip compressor-archive utilities.

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