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Making our site accessible is important to us. The National Forest website has been designed with accessibility in mind. As far as is possible, we try to ensure that it operates across multiple platforms and browsers and is accessible to everyone who wants to use it.

Standards compliance


  • Wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx, and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list, separately from the page.
  • Link text is never duplicated; two links with the same link text always point to the same address.
  • There are no links that open new windows without warning.


This website utilises two distinct image types;

  • Content images used include descriptive ALT attributes.
  • Decorative images include short ALT attributes.

Accessibility software

  • JAWS - a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available
  • Lynx - a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
  • Links - a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth
  • Opera - a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

Accessibility services

  • Bobby - a free service to analyse web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines. A full-featured commercial version is also available.
  • W3C HTML Validator - a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  • Lynx Viewer - a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.

Access Keys

The main navigation of the site has designed so that users can use Access Keys. Access Keys are keyboard shortcut keys which enable users to access areas of the website using the assigned key on the keyboard rather than using a mouse to click on links, buttons etc. This site uses the UK Government access keys standard to define which access keys preform a given action. The exact way to use access keys depends upon your web browser - so consult its documentation. However as a guide, the following steps will allow the user to navigate to the area of the site defined by the access key, by:

Internet Explorer: Pressing the ALT key and the assigned access key together followed by the return key

Mozilla Firefox: Pressing the ALT key, the Shift key and the assigned access key together

Apple Macintosh: The user would use the Ctrl key instead of ALT, in the above examples

The following access keys have been set up on the National Forest website:

  • Standard Access Keys
    • S - Skip to Content
    • 1 - Home
    • 2 - Print this page
    • 3 - Site map
    • 4 - Search
    • 5 - Skip to Secondary navigation
    • 6 - Help
    • 8 - Legal
    • 9 - Contact us
    • 0 - Accessibility
  • Navigation Access Keys
    • a - Company Information
    • b - All About The Forest
    • c - Creating Woodland
    • d - Visit & Explore
    • e - People & Projects
    • f - Sponsorship & Support
    • g - News
    • h - Downloads

If you would like further information or if you are experiencing any problems whilst using our site, contact us on 01283 551211. Alternately you can fill out a contact form on this website.