Review of Google Calendar

Google Calendar Reviewed 10 Aug 2009 · Average score 57%


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.

Detailed Results

# Test Outcome Notes
1 Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible 67% 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.
2 Image ALT Attributes 100% Alternative text is offered for all critical images on the site - screenreader users will be able to understand the content as clearly as others.
3 Link Target Definitions 67% Some non-critical links may seem ambiguous.
4 Frame Titles and Layout 100% No frames or iframes, which can be disorientating for screen-readers, are used in the design.
5 Removal of Stylesheet 0% The site is unusable without the stylesheet.
6 Audio/Video Features 100% N/A - This site does not deal with multimedia content.
7 Video/animations - audio descriptions 100% N/A - This site does not deal with multimedia content.
8 Appropriate use of Tables 0% Tables are used to construct this site - this may cause some screenreaders to read the content in the wrong order.
9 Tab Orderings Correct and Logical 0% Cannot tab into the calendar itself.
10 Page Functionality with Keyboard 0% The actual calendar cannot be accessed with a keyboard - events cannot be opened or viewed unless the user has a pointing device.
11 Accessibility of Text Editors 67% This site has no rich text editor.
12 Appropriate Feedback with Forms 67% This site often provides suitable feedback.
13 Contrast and Colour Check 67% Contrast depends upon the theme used, but adequate contrast can be easily achieved.
14 Page Integrity when Zooming 100% Zoom works very very well with the calendar!.
15 Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability 33% Particularly small text prevalent throughout the site, which may be difficult to view without zooming the page.