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About downloading the files

If your PDF file stalls during download, or does not download properly, try to use your browser's "Reload" or "Refresh" facility.

Though PDF files can usually be accessed on-line using a web browser and Acrobat plug-in, they often perform better if first downloaded to one's own computer and then viewed using Acrobat as a standalone application.

If the on-line option (i.e., using the keyword supplied) works poorly or not at all, then try saving the file to your computer first, as follows:

  • Go to this current list of files and find the one that corresponds to your keyword (eg., "keyword.pdf").
  • Right-click (on Macintosh, option-click) on the filename.
    • In Internet Explorer, choose "Save Target As..." and select a destination folder.
    • In Netscape, choose "Save Link As..." and select a destination folder.
  • After the file is saved, double click on its icon to read, search or print it. If Adobe Acrobat is installed, it should open automatically and display the file.
  • If Acrobat is not installed, go first to Adobe's homepage for a free download.

Because viewing the files requires a significant share of your computer's memory resources, performance may be enhanced by exiting applications other than the web browser and Adobe Acrobat.

If after several tries you are still unable to view your file, please contact us for alternate delivery methods.

About the files

Files are in PDF format: you will need Adobe Acrobat to read them. Acrobat is available for free downloading from Adobe Systems, Inc.

Files are searchable within the limits of uncorrected optical character recognition (OCR). Search accuracy depends greatly on the language, quality and print characteristics of the original: unfortunately, texts in non-Latin writing systems are not searchable, nor are those written in fonts such as Fraktur. For searching, use the binocular icon within the Adobe Acrobat frame or window; the Find in Page or Search functions in Netscape or Internet Explorer will not work.

These files are rather large: most are more than 5 Mbytes. For best downloading, use the fastest network connection available to you. Download times vary widely, depending on connection speed and file size.

Use of the files

Files can be read online, printed (use Acrobat's "Print" command rather than your web browsers), or saved to your computer (use the browser's "Save As" command).

According to current plans, these files will be available indefinitely, and certainly through September 2001. The keywords needed to view them will function at least through that time.

Please contact us at text@dlib.stanford.edu with questions and comments.





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