Results for Google Docs (Office suite)
Google docs offers a free online wordprocessor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, form filling applications. The office suite can be used when several authors wish to collaborate on one document or several. Revision can be seen, highlighted and a date stamp is automatically added. Saved files can be downloaded or e-mailed direct from the application. A table of contents can be added to the word processed documents and the text has good zoom features.
Accessibility Testing Results
Users with eyesight problems will have trouble using this web 2.0 service. It does not react well to be enlarged and is not 100% usable with a screen reader. Signing up to the service will be difficult as the login form captcha is not very accessible for the visually impaired.
|1||Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible||The Google signup form does not make thorough use of clear labels. A Captcha is used, which provides an audio alternative for screenreader users. However, it may be difficult to interpret both the audio and visual forms.|
|2||Image ALT Attributes||Text alternatives for images in this product are not necessary as the images are immaterial to content.|
|3||Link Target Definitions||All links, including images which would otherwise be ambiguous, have titles to uniquely identify them.|
|4||Frame Titles and Layout||No frames or iframes, which can be disorientating for screen-readers, are used in the design.|
|6||Audio/Video Features||Generally does not have multimedia as text based although videos and graphics can be added to presentations. Captioning is not possible within the service but has to be added via YouTube.|
|7||Video/animations - audio descriptions||Generally does not have multimedia as text based although videos and graphics can be added to presentations. Audio descriptions are not possible within the service but have to be added via YouTube.|
|8||Appropriate use of Tables||Data tables have been used frequently without headers, which is problematic for users with screenreaders.|
|9||Tab Orderings Correct and Logical||Tab order is good but the more documents and people sharing a document the more links that are generated. Tab order is logical, and follows a top-to-bottom format, which is continued throughout the use of tables and forms.|
|10||Page Functionality with Keyboard||Keyboard access is good but you have to learn the shortcuts to be able to edit documents, save and send etc. Editing documents can cause some problems as some shortcuts are not obvious.|
|11||Accessibility of Text Editors||This is good if you know all the keyboard shortcuts provided by Google. However it can be difficult to tab out of the text editor and gain access to the toolbar.|
|12||Appropriate Feedback with Forms||The site does not always offer suitable feedback, but signup forms provide feedback on password strength and username availability, and there are no time restrictions.|
|13||Contrast and Colour Check||Site contrast is generally good, although some issues arose with the default colour settings such as light blue on white. Alternative colour can be used with browser changes to suit the user.|
|14||Page Integrity when Zooming||The website maintains the layout when zoomed, and ensures that some features such as the text editor toolbar remain accessible. However navigation may become difficult in some browsers, which can cause editing documents to be problematic.|
|15||Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability||The majority of text on the site is size ten, which is readable but may be uncomfortable for some. There is no flashing or blinking content on the site.|
The following table shows how well the product performs for people with disabilities, as listed in the Disabilities section.
Percentages do not indicate how much of a site is accessible. They indicate the average figure of test results relevant to each disability. Select a disability to see which tests are relevant to it.
|Partially Sighted and Visual Acuity||71%|
|Deaf/Hard of Hearing||67%|
|Blind and Severe Visual Impairments||67%|
|Cognitive Learning Disabilities||64%|
|Specific Learning Differences (including Dyslexia)||60%|