Review of Google Search

Google Search Reviewed 19 Sep 2011 · Average score 80%


The accessibility of Google Search falls short in the criteria that matters most. The accessibility of the advanced search form is very poor, giving no descriptions of the form fields when using a screen readers. Other than that, most other parts are accessible.

Detailed Results

# Test Outcome Notes
1 Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible 0% None of the form elements on the advanced search page tell the user what each field is.
2 Image ALT Attributes 33% The few instances of google logos are just referenced as \\\'link\\\' or \\\'Google\\\'. None of the results in the image search are referenced with just \\\'link\\\'.
3 Link Target Definitions 67% There are some repeated links, and no alternative methods of navigation through the searches.
4 Frame Titles and Layout 100% No frames used.
5 Removal of Stylesheet 67% It is possible to navigate the page but the duplication of links makes things slightly confusing.
6 Audio/Video Features 100% Only provides links to external Audio and Video.
7 Video/animations - audio descriptions 100% Only provides links to external Audio and Video.
8 Appropriate use of Tables 100% Page layout is created with division rather than tables. No tables are used as there is no need for them in this website.
9 Tab Orderings Correct and Logical 67% Logical tab order. No \\\'skip to content\\\' link.
10 Page Functionality with Keyboard 100% All features accessible via the keyboard.
11 Accessibility of Text Editors 100% No text editors provided.
12 Appropriate Feedback with Forms 100% There are no forms that require any feedback. All forms that can be used are completely optional.
13 Contrast and Colour Check 100% Easy to read and colours are used appropriately to divide the page and highlight content.
14 Page Integrity when Zooming 67% Main page content is readable. The the links at the top become unreadable, but they are offered on the main pages sidebar too, so navigation is still possible.
15 Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability 100% Text is very clear and easy to read.