Accessibility

The Dartmoor National Park Authority web site has been designed and developed to provide users with a more enjoyable interactive experience of the National Park and to find out more about the National Park Authority. The new site is designed to be inclusive and to provide access to all users regardless of technological or physical disability

Not only is there a legal obligation for the content of the site to be made accessible to disabled users (Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995), but the Dartmoor National Park Authority also has a duty to the communities of the National Park.

In order to ensure that the content of this site is accessible, the Dartmoor National Park Authority web site has been designed and constructed in accordance with the guidelines provided by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

The WAI guidelines state that in order for a web site to be considered accessible, it must at least conform to all Priority 1 checkpoints. All templates on this web site conform to not only all the Priority 1 checkpoints, but also to all Priority 2 checkpoints. This is known as 'Double A conformance' to the guidelines. We believe that, by aiming for Double A conformance wherever possible, we have built a web site that will be accessible by the vast majority of users, whatever their platform, connectivity and abilities.

All templates have been Bobby approved to priority 2 (AA) and all warnings identified by Bobby have been manually checked for conformance.
Visual design

There are some documents in portable document format (PDF) for downloading on this web site. The Adobe Acrobat Reader can be freely downloaded from: https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

Viewers with visual difficulties may find it useful to investigate services provided to improve the accessibility of Acrobat document: http://access.adobe.com (external site, opens new window)

If you have difficulty viewing any of the PDF documents on our website, in the first instance you should ensure that you have the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader on your machine.  If you still have problems after updating your reader, please contact it@dartmoor.gov.uk for assistance.


Word Files

There are some documents in Microsoft Word format for downloading on this web site. A word viewer can be freely downloaded from: Microsoft Download centre (external site, opens new window)


CSV Files

What is a CSV file?

CSV (Comma-Separated-Value) is a common file type used to import data from one software application to another, with commas separating the values in each field.
How do I view a CSV file?

This file format allows for data to be easily retrieved into a variety of applications, they are best viewed within one that will allow the easy manipulation of data that is in displayed in columns. Common examples of such applications are those that are used to create spreadsheets, such as Microsoft Excel or Open Office Calc.

To open the CSV file in Excel

Open Microsoft Excel and click on the 'Open' icon or go to 'File->Open...'.
In the window that pops open, click on the drop-down menu labelled 'Files of type:' and select 'Text Files'.
Navigate to your csv file, select your file and click 'Open'.

If you don't have access a suitable application, you can also view the data in either an ASCII text-editor or a word-processor. However, since neither of these two application types has the facility to easily format the width of the data columns, quite a bit of manual reformatting may be required to view properly.

You may be able to view the file in your browser, or you may want to download the file by 'right-clicking' on the link and save the file to your computer

What is MP3?

MP3 is a digital music/audio format which allows CD tracks to be reduced to around a tenth of their normal size without a significant loss of quality. This means that it's become practical to make audio available for download over the internet as download times have been drastically cut.

MP3 strips out a lot of the information recorded in audio that our ears aren't able to hear to reduce the file size.

How to play MP3s

Audio files on this website should play automatically on your computer, if you are having problems, MP3s can be played using programs like:

Quicktime, (external link, opens new window)
iTunes, (external link, opens new window)
RealOne, (external link, opens new window)
WinAmp (external link, opens new window)
Windows Media Player (external link, opens new window)

Mapping

Dartmoor National Park Authority strives to meet the needs of computer users with visual impairment or other conditions that limit accessibility. Due to the graphics-intensive nature of the site, this geographic information cannot be presented in an accessible format.