Review of Google Reader

Google Reader Reviewed 04 May 2012 · Average score 77%


The site is relatively accessible, but there are tab access issues with some content within iFrames. The fact that not all items are keyboard accessible will impact on screen reader users and those with some types of dexterity difficulties. Colour contrast and text size is good.

Detailed Results

# Test Outcome Notes
1 Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible 33% There are some missing lables; NVDA access failed to reach some of the links within the iFrame, but keyboard access is possible to major items. Mouse use is needed within some frames.
2 Image ALT Attributes 33% There are missing alt-tags for some of the images, and some of the alts are very long (exceed 100 characters).
3 Link Target Definitions 67% There are duplicate link lables for each iFrames; and there are some non-defined links, but most are understandable.
4 Frame Titles and Layout 67% The frames do not impact on layout and the site can be used with text only view.
5 Removal of Stylesheet 67% When the stylesheet is removed, the content is accessible, but some parts are missing.
6 Audio/Video Features 100% The site uses YouTube for videos, which allows for captions.
7 Video/animations - audio descriptions 67% As the site use YouTube for the videos, it is possible to add audio descriptions, but there are no synchronised text services for the transcriptions.
8 Appropriate use of Tables 100% Tables are not used for the design of this website.
9 Tab Orderings Correct and Logical 67% Tab order is in a logical and consistent top-to-bottom or left-to-right format. There is no 'skip to content' or 'skip navigation' link provided.
10 Page Functionality with Keyboard 67% It is possible to navigate most of the content with the keyboard, and be able to find the desired news story and follow the link to it. However, some links within the iFrame cannot be tab accessed.
11 Accessibility of Text Editors 100% The site has no rich text editor.
12 Appropriate Feedback with Forms 100% Suitable feedback is provided. Clear warning when errors made or information missed otherwise the user is taken to the next page automatically.
13 Contrast and Colour Check 100% All pages have good colour contrast (black texts with white blackground).
14 Page Integrity when Zooming 100% Good zooming and easy to read with enlarged fonts.
15 Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability 100% Sans-serif fonts used, with headlines clear and readable. No flashing or blinking content, only for advertisements.