Results for Google Calendar

Web 2.0 Service
Test Average: 58%
Reviewed 10 August 2009


Web Application which offers users an online calendar. Users can create appointments, in the same way as any other calendar applications. Calendars can be shared, embedded in other sites and overlaid on one another. It is possible to synchronise calendars with mobile phone technologies and Microsoft Outlook.

Accessibility Testing Results

An error seemed to appear when this service was used in the text browser Webbie but most areas appeared to be keyboard accessible except for the centre of the calendar! Sadly the create an appointment link was missing when viewed in text in WebbIE but it was possible to jump to the entry fields if the site was viewed in text only in Mozilla Firefox. Part of the site could be read with a screen reader but the order was poor. It does work with text to speech when text is highlighted and colour settings help show up appointments etc. The calendar is easy to use with a mouse and zooms well.

# Test Score Summary
1Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible Good Standard Google signin and signup form, which lacks some form labels. A Captcha is used, which provides an audio alternative for screenreader users. However, it may be difficult to interpret both the audio and visual forms.
2Image ALT Attributes Excellent Alternative text is offered for all critical images on the site - screenreader users will be able to understand the content as clearly as others.
3Link Target Definitions Good Some non-critical links may seem ambiguous.
4Frame Titles and Layout Excellent No frames or iframes, which can be disorientating for screen-readers, are used in the design.
5Removal of Stylesheet Poor The site is unusable without the stylesheet.
6Audio/Video Features Excellent N/A - This site does not deal with multimedia content.
7Video/animations - audio descriptions Excellent N/A - This site does not deal with multimedia content.
8Appropriate use of Tables Poor Tables are used to construct this site - this may cause some screenreaders to read the content in the wrong order.
9Tab Orderings Correct and Logical Poor Cannot tab into the calendar itself.
10Page Functionality with Keyboard Poor The actual calendar cannot be accessed with a keyboard - events cannot be opened or viewed unless the user has a pointing device.
11Accessibility of Text Editors Good This site has no rich text editor.
12Appropriate Feedback with Forms Good This site often provides suitable feedback.
13Contrast and Colour Check Good Contrast depends upon the theme used, but adequate contrast can be easily achieved.
14Page Integrity when Zooming Excellent Zoom works very very well with the calendar!.
15Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability Fair Particularly small text prevalent throughout the site, which may be difficult to view without zooming the page.

Disability-Tailored Results

The following table shows how well the product performs for people with disabilities, as listed in the Disabilities section.

Percentages do not indicate how much of a site is accessible. They indicate the average figure of test results relevant to each disability. Select a disability to see which tests are relevant to it.

Disability Average Score
Deaf/Hard of Hearing67%
Colour Deficiencies67%
Visual Stress67%
Cognitive Learning Disabilities56%
Blind and Severe Visual Impairments56%
Partially Sighted and Visual Acuity54%
Specific Learning Differences (including Dyslexia)53%

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