Review of Dropbox

Dropbox Reviewed 15 May 2012 · Average score 82%


The site is generally well designed with a simple login and download for the desktop synchronisation. However, main menus on the folder part of the site have poor contrast which makes critical text difficult to read. For example, using light blue or light green on white. This can be changed using the browser accessibility options.

Detailed Results

# Test Outcome Notes
1 Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible 100% User login form simple and clear with well labelled edit boxes - accessible using NVDA with no Captcha.
2 Image ALT Attributes 67% Alternative text is offered for the images used on the website, and it is accessible for scrennreader users despite the dire results from WAVE evaluation. However, the images which are uploaded by users just have the file name and no chance to add alt tag
3 Link Target Definitions 100% Links are identified with titles which indicate the target.
4 Frame Titles and Layout 100% No frames or iframes are used in the design of the site.
5 Removal of Stylesheet 67% The content and navigation are accessible without stylesheet.
6 Audio/Video Features 33% The site has a video tour to explain its features, but no captions. However, a short summary is offered.
7 Video/animations - audio descriptions 100% There is a text alternative for explaining the site but on the whole it is about sharing documents so audio descriptions are not needed.
8 Appropriate use of Tables 100% Tables are not used in the design of this site.
9 Tab Orderings Correct and Logical 100% Tab ordering is consistent and logical, in a left-to-right and top-to-bottom format.
10 Page Functionality with Keyboard 100% The pages is fully functional without a mouse.
11 Accessibility of Text Editors 100% This site has no rich text editor.
12 Appropriate Feedback with Forms 67% Most text feedback is given, and no time restriction is enforced.
13 Contrast and Colour Check 0% Most important text has reasonable contrast levels but the three main menu items are blue on blue and fail at WCAG AA - file names are black on white.
14 Page Integrity when Zooming 100% Layout and readability of the page are unaffected by zooming.
15 Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability 100% Text is generally size 12, in sans-serif font, and there is no flashing or blinking content.