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Technical help


  1. Can I print material from the units of work?
  2. How do I download and use HTML versions of units of work?
  3. Is there help for people with disabilities?
  4. What can I do if English for the Australian Curriculum doesn’t display well on my computer?

Can I print material from the units of work?

Yes, the site and especially units of work have been designed so that you can print all the pages, if a print copy is needed for reference — and so long as  you consider the environment before you print!  You will see on printed pages, when printing from screens in units of work, that links are all given footnotes that provide the URL for each link.

The interactive PDF files in the resource, used for a range of worksheets for activities in sequences, can also be saved in progress as electronic copies and printed when complete, if a hard copy is needed. Most users have Adobe Reader for PDF files on their computers. If you don’t have it, you can download Adobe Reader for free.

Note: Just as with digital versions, printed materials may date if the online resource is amended, such as to repair a broken link and update content. Use of the online version is always the best course.

How do I download and use HTML versions of units of work?

You may only need to download HTML versions of units of work if it is to your advantage, or your school’s advantage, to host them locally (this can sometimes save bandwidth), or if you wish to customise the materials for your own local purposes.

You can download each year-level unit of work as a .zip package (a compressed version of a folder containing the unit files). The operating systems on more recent computers will automatically unzip these files for you, ready to use. If you have trouble with .zip files, you might download software for Windows or Mac operating systems. Once you have downloaded a HTML unit of work, you access or use it by double-clicking on the ‘index.html’ file within the folder. This will open in your web browser and you can then use the resource as you would online. If you have reason to use a downloaded copy, be sure to periodically refresh the content by downloading and replacing it with an updated version. For normal use, it is best to access the units online to ensure you have the latest version and don’t miss out on any updated content.

The CC-BY-NC Creative Commons license under which this resource has been released allows you to use and adapt most (but not all) of the material in the resource for non-commercial use. Once downloaded, files can be edited with a software program such as Adobe Dreamweaver, to customise or remix them for your own purposes and use in class. You need to be clear about Terms of use to do this, especially if you intend to share resources you create from materials in this resource. Captions and attributions that accompany materials, and the Copyright and acknowledgments pages of each unit can help you know the provenance and copyright status of any third party content used in thes resource, so you can properly respect the moral and legal rights of contributors of third party content.

Is there help for people with disabilities?

This resource has been created to the highest standards for accessibility. A range of adaptive technologies can be used to enhance your access to information on this site. This includes equipment which is purpose-built or modified to help people with disabilities to access the web. Find more information on adaptive technologies from Vision Australia.

Note: Teacher guidance may be required for some of the more complex interactive forms, to aid or clarify reading order logic as perceived by screen readers. Education Services Australia (ESA) acknowledges that some elements in this website, specifically some of the interactive PDF forms, do not comply with conformance level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines v2.0. The elements have been included because of the significant value they offer to members of the education community.

What can I do if English for the Australian Curriculum doesn’t display well on my computer?

You might try upgrading or customising the browser you are using. If you are using an older browser you should upgrade to a newer version. Newer browsers include more accessibility and usability features. These upgrades are free. Information on upgrading is available from http://www.download.com/, which is a site that has useful upgrade information on Internet Explorer, Firefox and other browsers, with details on version, release date, file size, system requirements and download time.

Note for the very small number of users of Internet Explorer 7, this website may not display properly and you are advised to use another browser or to update your version to IE8 or higher.

You can also customise a web browser to control how it displays information. This includes changing the body text font type and size, foreground and background colours, and using keyboard shortcuts. For more information on how to customise your Internet Explorer browser, look up ‘Internet options’ in the Help index in Internet Explorer’s Help menu. If you are using another browser, look up something similar in the Help index.

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