The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) website has been designed to help everyone enjoy the national park. We want to make sure that as many people as possible can make the most of the website, regardless of disability or limitations on technology.
The process of making the site as accessible as possible is a continuous one. It involves constant monitoring of new content, testing the site against criteria such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as set by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
By following this process we fulfil our legal obligation to Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. We also carry out our duty to the communities of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and those people from elsewhere who love this beautiful and very special part of the UK.
Who are the World Wide Web Consortium?
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) promotes a drive to make websites more accessible, known as the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Published by the WAI, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) provide authors and programmers with details of how webpages can be made accessible. The guidelines are arranged into three priorities, 'A', 'AA' and 'AAA', where 'A' indicates the lowest level of accessibility, 'AAA' the highest.
Comments or suggestions?
In designing and building this website, we aim to comply with as many of the guidelines as possible and to achieve the WAI 'AA' standard of accessibility. Keeping the website at this standard is a continual process as we add new material and facilities.
A number of the guidelines are subjective in nature. Sometimes interpretation of a particular guideline may vary. We would welcome your comments on this so we can further improve the accessibility of the site. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions.