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Access Keys

Access keys function exactly like hot keys in any Microsoft application. They are intended as an accessibility aid for vision impaired users to skip directly to relevant content areas on a page. Internet Explorer (IE) has supported access keys since version 4, Netscape since version 6. Older browsers do not support accesskey functions, but this will not effect the visual delivery of content.

To use the access keys on the PCC Website, Windows users can navigate with the access key feature by typing ALT+Access key followed by Return. Using a Mac, you will need to use CTRL+Access key (not COMMAND+Access key, which can produce undesirable effects).

Please type ALT (or CTRL for the Mac) +:

  • S = Skip to content
  • 1 = Home
  • 3 = Sitemap
  • 7 = Contact Us
  • 9 = Feedback

Accessible Web Design

This site has been developed to ensure content is available to the widest possible audience, including readers using assistive technology or accessibility features. By adhering to guidelines for accessible web design, we acknowledge the diversity of communication methods, available technologies and abilities of web-users in the community.

PCC strives to maintain conformance to W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The public pages on this site meet the criteria for AA compliance with WCAG guidelines, and has been checked using Bobby and the Wave 3.0 Accessibility Tool.

Standards Compliance

This site meets all the coding criteria for compliance with W3C CSS (cascading style sheets) and HTML 4.01 Transitional. For example, check the home page for HTML validity. Visit for more information.


Converting PDF files

The Adobe website provides online conversion tools to convert Adobe PDF files to plain text or HTML files. To access this service go to

Alternatively, the Adobe PDF file can be submitted as a MIME attachment to an email message. For plain text, mail the attached PDF to For HTML, mail the attached PDF to

The text is too small for me to read - how can I change it?

Use the keys 'Ctrl +' and 'Ctrl -' to zoom in and out. Otherwise, in IE or Firefox, go to View > Zoom to zoom in on the page.

There is an inpage toolbar positioned on the same level as the 'page heading' that contains a tool to change text size.