File Formats and Plug-ins
Wherever possible, Noridian will post information on this site in open-standard, accessible formats (e.g., HTML). However, there are some areas of the website where specialized media must be used and plug-ins or special viewers may be needed to access the content. Below is a list of file types that are used on the website as well as further information on getting the plug-ins.
Note on viewing and downloading files: Depending on the configuration of user computer, files of the types listed below may:
- Open inside of web browser,
- Open in a new program window, or
- Ask visitor where to save file. If user would like to download a copy of file to his/her computer, right-click (on Windows) or command-click (on Macintosh) and choose “Save Target As…” (IE) or “Save Link As…” (Firefox / Mozilla). This will allow user to save a copy of file to computer rather than having file open inside web browser
Note: All links on this page link to external websites.
|File Format||Brief Description||Links|
|CSV (Comma Separated Values)||CSV is a data format in which each piece of data is separated by a comma. This is a popular format for transferring data from one application to another, because most database and spreadsheet systems are able to import and export comma-delimited data. CSV files can be opened by the majority of spreadsheet and database programs available.|
|Flash||Flash is an application that offers animation, video, and high quality graphics in a small file size. It is available from Adobe for most common web browsers.|
|Microsoft Excel||Excel is a popular spreadsheet application. Occasionally, tabular data sets will be made available in Excel format. Additionally, most other office suites (e.g., StarOffice, Lotus, WordPerfect) can read Excel files.|
|Microsoft Word||Word is a popular word processing application. The viewer is available for Windows and MacOS platforms. Additionally, most other office suites (e.g., StarOffice, Lotus, WordPerfect) can read Word files.|
|PDF (Portable Document Format) [PDF]||PDF files are used to retain the formatting of printed documents and for interactive forms. To view PDF files, you will need Adobe Reader.|
|ZIP / Self-Extracting ZIP||ZIP files are used to simplify the download process by wrapping a number of separate files into a single “wrapper” and compressing the original files by a significant amount. ZIP and UNZIP software is available from a variety of vendors. Freeware packages available include StuffIt Expander from Allume Systems and Unzip. Linux and other UNIX systems include ZIP and UNZIP software in the base installation.|
Last Updated Nov 15, 2018