Review of Google Scholar

Google Scholar Reviewed 15 Jul 2014 · Average score 89%


Google Scholar is generally very accessible for the basic requirements. Google offers hints and tips as to how to <a href="">make the most of this search engine for academic publications.</a>

Detailed Results

# Test Outcome Notes
1 Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible 67% Keyboard access/tabbing works logically, No CAPTCHA was found. Form controls/fields appear to have corresponding labels (WAVE) and could be read using NVDA, although the main input field is not labelled.
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 67% Non-defined links, such as 'Translate page' are presented and frequently duplicated in places as are other database type links but with the content before they are easy to work out. (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 content and navigation are accessible. However, javascript plug -ins cannot be linked which makes a few functions inaccessible. (GC- web tool).
6 Audio/Video Features 100% No video or audio is found within the website.
7 Video/animations - audio descriptions 100% Google animations (Doodles) have text descriptions.
8 Appropriate use of Tables 67% Tables are used within a page layout, but without headers. However, they do not impact on screen reader. GC - Web Developer Tool, Mozilla - AE Tool.
9 Tab Orderings Correct and Logical 100% Tabbing order is generally good.
10 Page Functionality with Keyboard 100% Full keyboard accessibility is provided, but some browsers do not offer very clear highlighting areas when tabbing.
11 Accessibility of Text Editors 100% It is very simple to use and accessible with keyboard. However, Google's auto-filling function could be a potential help.
12 Appropriate Feedback with Forms 100% Clear, appropriate feedback is provided next to the form controls. No time constraints.
13 Contrast and Colour Check 100% Site contrast is acceptable.
14 Page Integrity when Zooming 100% Layout and readability unaffected when zooming.
15 Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability 100% Text is generally 12pt, sans serif font. There is no flashing or blinking content.