Working with PDFs
PDF means Portable Document Format.
Unlike DOC files, PDF files can be linked to from within an article to be either viewed in the web browser or downloaded.
Linked DOC files must however be downloaded before they can be read.
DOC files also have a poor reputation for being used by hackers to spread malware.
PDFs can also be problematic for some website users unless formatted with accessibility in mind.
UK public sector bodies which include links to PDFs in their website should check the PDFs they link to comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 at Level AA.
It is a legal requirement for public sector bodies to do so in the UK.
Example link to a PDF file