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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. Some older browsers do not support accesskey functions, but this will not affect the visual delivery of content.

To use the access keys on the PCO Website:

  • Windows users can navigate with the access key feature by typing ALT+Access key followed by Return
  • Firefox users can navigate with access keys by typing Shift+ALT+Access key
  • 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) +:

  • 1 = Home
  • 3 = Sitemap
  • 7 = Contact

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.

PCO 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 have been checked using the SortSite validation tool. This review was done in August 2015 and PCO will continue to review and update the site accordingly.

Standards Compliance

This site meets all the coding criteria for compliance with W3C CSS (cascading style sheets) and HTML 5. 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.