Results for Google Sites

Web 2.0 Service
Test Average: 67%
Reviewed 25 August 2009


Used for quickly creating web pages or team collaboration sites with templates using text edit boxes, uploading of images etc.

Accessibility Testing Results

The sign-in to create a website involves a Captcha, but the general log in to Google services is accessible with a keyboard although it is missing labels to help the NVDA screen reader user unless they are using Webbie. The webpage template layout is easy to follow and keyboard access is possible but then mouse use is needed for setting areas on the web pages. Forms do not appear to be labelled but can be seen in WebbIE. Text sizes and levels of contrast are good and this can be continued if the correct website templates are chosen.

# Test Score Summary
1Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible Fair The standard Google signup form is missing some labels. The form for creating a site has a recaptcha with poor audio option.
2Image ALT Attributes Fair Very few critical images have alternative text.
3Link Target Definitions Excellent All links, including images which would otherwise be ambiguous, have titles to uniquely identify them.
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 This site is unusable without a stylesheet.
6Audio/Video Features Excellent Websites made with this service make it possible to up load videos from Google and to supply text transcriptions or captioning as part of the video. Any alt attributes have to be added via HTML rather than the editing template.
7Video/animations - audio descriptions Excellent Websites made with this service would make it possible to add video/audio files for audio descriptions. Text descriptions can be added within the content.
8Appropriate use of Tables Excellent Tables are not used for the design of this website.
9Tab Orderings Correct and Logical Excellent Tab order is in a logical and consistent top-to-bottom or left-to-right format.
10Page Functionality with Keyboard Poor This page requires use of a pointing device for its editing features.
11Accessibility of Text Editors Poor Parts of the web page editor are not accessible with the screenreader or keyboard.
12Appropriate Feedback with Forms Excellent The product provides suitable feedback when the user performs an action.
13Contrast and Colour Check Good No contrast issues.
14Page Integrity when Zooming Excellent The website maintains the layout and usability of all critical areas perfectly when zoomed.
15Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability Good The majority of text on the site is size ten, which is readable but may be uncomfortable for some.

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 Hearing89%
Partially Sighted and Visual Acuity79%
Colour Deficiencies78%
Visual Stress78%
Specific Learning Differences (including Dyslexia)67%
Cognitive Learning Disabilities64%
Blind and Severe Visual Impairments64%

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