Applets and Plugins

Some web content on University websites require additional software or "plug-ins" in order to be viewed. Below is a list of the most common applets and plug-ins with links for downloading.

FLV - Adobe Flash
View Flash movies and other Flash interactive content with Adobe Flash Player.

PDF - Adobe Reader
View Portable Document Format (PDF) files with the most recent version of the Adobe Reader.

MOV - Apple QuickTime
View Apple QuickTime movies and other interactive content.

DOC - Open Office
View and edit Microsoft Word (DOC) documents with the latest version of the Open Office suite.

XLS - Open Office
View and edit Microsoft Excel (XLS) spreadsheets with the latest version of the Open Office suite.

PPT - Open Office
View and edit Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT) presentations with the latest version of the Open Office suite.

MS Office - Downloads

  • Microsoft Viewers and Converters - for various versions of Microsoft Office files. Available for Windows only.
  • Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack - by installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, and save files using the file formats in newer versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

JAVA - Java Runtime Environment
This software allows you to run certain internet applications that require the Java Runtime Environment.

Did you know?

  • In the United States, about 55 million people have a disability (src: 2010 U.S. Census).
  • About 1 in 5 Americans have some kind of disability (src: 2010 U.S. Census).
  • The percentage of people affected by disabilities is growing as our population ages.
  • Two popular, free screen readers are VoiceOver (Mac OS and iOS) and NVDA (Win).
  • Good accessibility practices can improve the search ranking of your website.
  • Form fields without labels can cause problems for some assistive technology users.
  • Low color contrast makes content difficult to see, especially for users with low vision.
  • Documents linked on a website need to be accessible too (e.g., PDF and Word files).
  • Audio content, like podcasts, need transcripts for deaf or hard of hearing users.
  • Online videos should be captioned for deaf or hard of hearing users.
  • Using HTML tags correctly is very important for accessibility.
  • Descriptive link text helps make a website more accessible. Avoid using "Click here" or "Read more."
  • A "screen reader" is an application that reads content aloud to a user.
  • There is no "alt tag" in HTML. "Alt" is an attribute used with the img tag.
  • HTML uses the alt attribute to provide a text description of an image.
  • Alt text should describe an image, if the purpose of the image is to convey information.
  • If an image is a link, the alt text for the image should explain where the link goes.
  • If an image is only being used for decoration, the alt text should be null (i.e., alt="").
  • If a table has headers, using header tags (<th>) will make the table more accessible.
  • An accessible website is one that can be navigated and understood by everyone.