Review of Google Drive/Docs

Google Drive/Docs Reviewed 15 Jul 2014 · Average score 89%


Google have supplied users of their Docs with a wide range of <a href="">keyboard shortcuts and accessibility support pages</a>. However, if you zoom to the highest point the small vertical scroll bars become hard to access with a mouse so use of a general magnifier is advised at this point.

Detailed Results

# Test Outcome Notes
1 Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible 100% Keyboard access is available. CAPTCHAS are used. However, an audio alternative is provided, as well as a "skip" function (replaced with mobile verification). Form controls/fields do have corresponding labels (WAVE).
2 Image ALT Attributes 100% Some images on the main page do not have Alt attributes. However, they are mostly for decoration. They can be ignored. (WAVE).
3 Link Target Definitions 100% Most links are understandable and fully appropriate (WebbIE).
4 Frame Titles and Layout 67% Most frames are not titled, but do not affect the layout. Firefox - AE tool, IE - WAT.
5 Removal of Stylesheet 67% The site is very hard to use without the stylesheet but only because of the amount of unhidden content. Navigation/menu links, work appropriately and text input is possible. GC - Web Developer Tool, Mozilla - AE Tool, IE - AIS Tool.
6 Audio/Video Features 100% Videos cannot be uploaded, however, you can include a video player, e.g. YouTube.
7 Video/animations - audio descriptions 100% Videos cannot be uploaded, however, you can include a video player, e.g. YouTube.
8 Appropriate use of Tables 67% Frames and tables are used and there are some tables where FAE has advised the use of style sheets but these do not appear to affect screen reader use when loading, editing or saving documents. GC - Web Developer Tool, Mozilla - AE Tool.
9 Tab Orderings Correct and Logical 100% Tab ordering is good with search coming early on in the order, but use of shortcut keys is advised with so many links. <a href="">Google drive shortcut keys</a>.
10 Page Functionality with Keyboard 100% Full keyboard accessibility is provided. Shortcuts are also available and easy to find.
11 Accessibility of Text Editors 100% Yet again there are a variety of keyboard shortcuts for use of the editor. Menu items are easy to access and screen reader feedback is good (e.g. font-size, font-family, bold/italic using NVDA and Firefox).
12 Appropriate Feedback with Forms 100% Clear, appropriate feedback is provided next to the form controls. No time constraints.
13 Contrast and Colour Check 67% Colour contrast in the site is generally good, apart from some minor issues, such as video upload dates and number of new uploads for each subscription.
14 Page Integrity when Zooming 67% Website layout/structure is responsive to zooming. Text is responsive to the increasing/decreasing, but some may find the way the frames collapse with the non-zooming scroll bars affecting access with a mouse.
15 Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability 100% Text is generally 11pt, sans serif font. There is no flashing or blinking content.