Review of Outlook Web App

Outlook Web App Reviewed 18 Jul 2011 · Average score 84%


The accessibility of this application is good overall, but the accessible view is available, but it is unlabelled as an accessible view. It can be access through the \\\'basic view\\\'. In the standard view, that application works intermittently with the NVDA screen reader.

Detailed Results

# Test Outcome Notes
1 Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible 100% Clear forms with suitable labels; works with NVDA screen reader; all form elements can be accessed with just the keyboard. There is no registration, so there are no CAPTCHA images.
2 Image ALT Attributes 67% There good alternatives for images and icons, but they are made confusing by the table layout surrounding them. It is hard to identify the icons with a screen reader because the image holders are labelled the same as the actual icons and images.
3 Link Target Definitions 100% Links are targetted well and clearly stated for all menu items. The link labelling is clear and unambiguous.
4 Frame Titles and Layout 67% 1 frame present but it has no impact on the layout of the page and the NVDA screen reader still works with it.
5 Removal of Stylesheet 100% The app is fully accessible when the style sheet was removed. The layout was still logical.
6 Audio/Video Features 100% It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s a text only service. But content that is added to the email will need appropriate accessibility options.
7 Video/animations - audio descriptions 100% It\\\'s a text only service. But content that is added to the email will need appropriate accessibility options.
8 Appropriate use of Tables 0% When viewed in a text browser, the list of emails is accessible, but the content of the currently opened email is not present.
9 Tab Orderings Correct and Logical 100% Logical and well ordered tab indexing.
10 Page Functionality with Keyboard 100% Keyboard accessible with Firefox, IE and Chrome.
11 Accessibility of Text Editors 67% Keyboard accessibility, with the exception of rich text editor toolbar. Screen reader access is compromised.
12 Appropriate Feedback with Forms 100% Good feedback from forms that is accurate to the problem that has occured.
13 Contrast and Colour Check 100% The colour scheme of the application is easy to read.
14 Page Integrity when Zooming 100% The layout adjusts to the zoom so that all elements can be seen without the need to scroll across or down the page.
15 Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability 67% The layout is reasonabke and has no blinking elements. The text is small in places, but this can be overcome by zooming in slightly.