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This page provides guidance for downloading files found on the SLOCO Data Web site, using popular Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Note: If the file is compressed, you must decompress it before using it. See details below.
Many documents on our site are available in different formats. Generally you will find portable document format (PDF) files, Corel Draw, Microsoft Word, Publisher, WordPerfect files, ASCII files, compressed files (also referred to as zipped files), and zipped self-extracting files. Some documents/forms must be used exactly as originally distributed. Please refer to the appropriate guidance:
Saving Files that Open Automatically
Because of the way software may be configured on your computer, the file may automatically open when you click on the link to it. You should be able to save it after it has opened by selecting "Save As" or "Save" underneath the "File" menu or an equivalent menu in the software that opened the file.
ASCII files are typically plain text files that can be created by most software programs. Typically they are plain text, but may be database files in an ASCII delimited format. The plain text files should be useable in just about any program you have, even DOS. The ASCII delimited files contain information usually from a database where each field and record is separated by a marker character. Because the information contained in the file varies, the delimiters should be presented in the file description.
To conserve disk space and reduce downloading time, some of the larger files on the SLOCO Data Web site are posted in a compressed format. Before a compressed file can be used, it must be decompressed.
Many different compression formats are used on the Internet, including variations for the DOS/Windows, Mac and UNIX operating systems. The SLOCO Data Web site employs the widely-used DOS/Windows format known as ZIP. Zipped files can be recognized by their filename extensions of .ZIP or .EXE