Required Plug-ins, Players and Readers

The FTC provides information on its web site in a variety of file formats that best match the transmittal and display requirements of the information, while taking into account the level of resources typically available to its visitors. Most of these file formats are easily read and displayed by standard web browsers or word processing programs, but some files whose formats have been specifically developed for transmitting and displaying special content, such as multimedia or very precisely defined documents, may require the use of additional software to be presented correctly. Visitors to the site can download and install on their computers free add-on programs called "plug-ins", readers or players that will enable their browsers to display or play the content of these files. The special file formats that are currently used on the FTC web site are Acrobat, RealMedia and Flash.