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HTML publications

An accessible format

Most screening publications on GOV.UK are now published in HTML rather than PDF format. This means the content is directly on the webpage rather than in a separate file you need to download.

Read a blog by the Government Digital Service about why content is published on GOV.UK in HTML format.

HTML documents have many benefits. They are:

  • more accessible for people who need some extra help with the content
  • better for reading on smaller screens as the content automatically adjusts to the screen size
  • easier to find as all their text is searchable from an internet search engine
  • easier to navigate within and between documents
  • more interactive, as we can include other types of content such as videos
  • easier to keep up to date

Being more accessible means that HTML documents:

Find out more about GOV.UK accessibility.

Searching within HTML documents

To do this just go to the find option in your web browser (<Ctrl> F will open this), type the word or phrase you want to find and press <Enter>.

Printing HTML documents

To print an HTML document, you should:

  • go to the page you want to print
  • go to the print option (pressing <Ctrl> P will open this)
  • select any appropriate options such as duplex (double-sided) printing
  • press print

The printed version will remove the unnecessary elements of the webpage, such as the header, footer and menu options, and just print the content itself.

Any hyperlinks in the document will be written out in full.

Saving HTML documents

Anything you can print, you can also save to your own computer as a PDF. To do this you should:

  • go to the page you want to print and find the print option as before
  • select ‘PDF’ or ‘Adobe PDF’ as the printer
  • press print (or save in some web browsers)

This will save the HTML document as a PDF file. When the document on GOV.UK is updated, though, this saved version will be out of date. So if possible, always look at the online version.