Review of FriendFeed

FriendFeed Reviewed 10 Aug 2009 · Average score 60%


There are some problems with keyboard navigation, along with zooming. Text and contrast is generally acceptable. There are several widgets available to help make links with friends but these are browser specific. The amount of different media used makes it very much up to users as to how accessible output is for a screen reader user. Flash player accessibility also depends on the browser used such as Internet Explorer.

Detailed Results

# Test Outcome Notes
1 Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible 67% Form labels missing from signup form, which may cause issues for screenreader users. It is possible to login via Facebook, Google and Twitter.
2 Image ALT Attributes 67% Alternative text is offered on site images, although some images such as user pictures do not have alt tags.
3 Link Target Definitions 100% Links have titles to uniquely identify them.
4 Frame Titles and Layout 100% No frames or iframes are used in the page design, which helps screenreaders.
5 Removal of Stylesheet 100% The site is fully accessible without the stylesheet.
6 Audio/Video Features 0% Videos can be embedded but need to have the captioning in place before uploading as alternatives are not provided.
7 Video/animations - audio descriptions 0% Videos can be embedded but need to have the audio descriptions in place before uploading as alternatives are not provided.
8 Appropriate use of Tables 33% Some tables are used, which do not include headings.
9 Tab Orderings Correct and Logical 100% Tab order is logical and consistent, in a top-to-bottom, left-to-right format.
10 Page Functionality with Keyboard 0% The page cannot be navigated with the keyboard as the search box cannot be tabbed out of.
11 Accessibility of Text Editors 100% There is no rich text editor on the site.
12 Appropriate Feedback with Forms 67% Limited but appropriate feedback given, with no time restrictions enforced.
13 Contrast and Colour Check 67% Contrast is generally acceptable, although there are several text colours which give a poor contrast ratio with their background. This may cause discomfort for some users.
14 Page Integrity when Zooming 33% The homepage readability can become impaired on some browsers when zooming, but once logged in the effect is reduced. Some layout problems are present, however.
15 Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability 67% Text size is readable, although some users may find some of the smaller text uncomfortable. Sans-serif fonts are used, and there is no flashing or blinking content.