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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.

Access Keys
Audio Files
GIS Inclusions
Media Players
PDF Files
Recaptcha problems
Text only
Visual design
W3C Compliance
Word Files
CSV Files

W3C Compliance

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

Colours – We have tried to use colours throughout the web site that provide maximum contrast between foreground and background items and also various features on the page including headers, body text and hyperlinks.

Images – All interface graphics and images throughout the web site have been assigned an Alt-text attribute, which describes the contents or function of the item.

Hyperlinks – We have chosen the standard hyperlink blue colour for all active hyperlink text items, as this is the most accessible and recognisable standard for link items.

CSS – Style-sheets have been used for all visual items and text. This means that you can change the text size form within the browser by selecting “View” and then “Text size”.

PDF Files

There are some documents in portable document format (PDF) for downloading on this web site. The Adobe Acrobat Reader can be freely downloaded from: (external site, opens new window)

Viewers with visual difficulties may find it useful to investigate services provided to improve the accessibility of Acrobat document: (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 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

  1. Open Microsoft Excel and click on the 'Open' icon or go to 'File->Open...'.
  2. In the window that pops open, click on the drop-down menu labelled 'Files of type:' and select 'Text Files'.
  3. 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


Text only

We have included a text only link on the web site, which enables all users to view all of the web site pages in high contrast and without graphics and pictures.

Access Keys

The following access keys are defined for this site, based on the Government access keys standard:

0 - Accessibility help pages, including access key details
1 - Home page
2 - A to Z
3 - Site map
4 - Search
8 - Terms and Conditions

How to use access keys

Hold down the "alt" key and press the shortcut key.

For Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 5 and 6 you also then need to press the "enter" key."

Media players

Real One player for Windows (External link, opens new window) - this is a free to download)

Real One player for Mac OSX (External link, opens new window) - this is a free to download)

Audio files

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:


GIS Inclusion

How it works:

The mapping page allows users to view data layers such as Tree Preservation Orders or Information Centres that the National Park Authority has created on its’ Geographic Information System (GIS). Use the tools to zoom and pan the map to retrieve information about the data on display.

How do I find my area or object of interest?

Find locations on Dartmoor by using the box marked “Search in layer” and choose “Places”. Next, type in a placename or postcode (with no spaces) in the “Search” box. Finally, press the “Go” button and the relevant map will be displayed. Other layers, such as Tree Preservation Orders can be searched upon by changing the name in the “Search in layer” box and then typing the value you want to search for in the “Search” box.

How do I change the map display?

You may “fine tune” the map display by choosing any of the arrows around the edge of the map window to move in that direction. Choosing the + or – buttons and then clicking in the map window will make the map smaller or larger as required. Finally, an approximate map scale can be chosen from a list by using the “Approx scale” drop down arrow.

How do I retrieve information on the map display?

Each map layer contains additional information to its geographic location. Find out the reference number of a Tree Preservation Order, or the opening times of an Information Centre by pressing the “i” button and then click on the point or area of interest.

What do the symbols and colours mean?

Each map contains an interactive key (or legend) which can be displayed at any time by choosing the “View Key” link at the bottom of the map page. Close the key window by pressing the “Close Window” link.

All mapping is based on data supplied by the Ordnance Survey and is subject to crown copyright. Please note that these maps are intended for identification purposes only and should not be submitted for planning applications or any other scaling or official documentation.

For further help and information, please contact us.

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. If you would like assistance with this please contact David Partridge, GIS Officer at

Recaptcha problems

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Sorry, but the form hasn't been sent as you didn't type the words correctly in the bottom Recaptcha box.

What must I type?Please enter the words you see in the box, using lower and upper case and separated by a space. For example Blue SKY. You can click the reload button under the distorted words to load alternatives.

Why must I type these in?So we know you're a human and not an automated program trying to send us unsolicited or malicious emails.

I can't see the words. What should I do?Please click the audio button to hear a set of digits that can be entered instead of the visually displayed words.

Helping bring the past to the futureThe words you see are from old texts which can be difficult for computers to process. By entering the words you are helping to digitize texts and make them more accessible to the world.

Page last updated: 09 Dec 2010
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