Accessibility Evaluation


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Evaluation Information

Hadi Rangin



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Library Working Group


Functional Web Accessibility Testing

Functional Accessibility Rating


Conformance Rating

N.1 Does the web page have a unique TITLE element and at least one H1 that is a subset of the TITLE content?

  No   Comment for N.1: The Title of a page is extremely important orientation information for screen reader users. Title of each page be unique and should clearly indicate the location of the page. Across the application the title says Ebscohost which does not tell user if he/she is in Search, Search Result, orpreference pages. “EbscoHost Research Basic Search” or "EbscoHost Research - Advance Search" could be good titles for the Basic Search and Advance Search respectively. There should be also an unique H1 element to provide similar information. Basic Search or Advance Search can be used also for H1 element.

N.2 Do menus and navigation bars have H2 elements before their links to provide orientation, and do those menu bars, exapandable menu bars, and other expansion controls change their labels based on whether they are expanded or not? NOTE: Headings can be hidden using CSS techniques based on the "position: absolute" property; do not use "display: none" or "visibility: hidden" since these techniques hide information from screen readers.

  No   Comment for N.2: Menus and navigation bars should have meaningful headings. Headings provide the necessary means to keyboard users to navigate to their desired links with a lot fewer strokes. Headings can be set off-screen using CSS technique if it is preferred not to be displayed, however the assistive software can capture the headings even they are off-screen. The main navigation bar needs to have a heading preferably of the level 2 (H2) with a heading text saying something like “Main navigation bar” or “main menu”. The Search type navigation bar (Keyword Search | Publication Search | Subject Terms | Indexes | Cited References | Image Collection) needs to have an H2 heading saying something like “Search type”.

N.3 Do all major/minor topics have headings (H2-H6) and the headings provide useful orientation information to the content on the web page?
NOTE: Headings should not be used to stylize text.

  No   Comment for N.3: The Search/find form should have also its own H2 headingg. Refine Search section needs to have also an H2 heading saying something like “Refine Search”. Sub-sections “Global & Database Limiter” and “Expander Search” should have also H3 headings.

N.4 Do all links indicate the target of the links?
NOTE: The same link text should not be used to point to different URIs and references to the same URI should use the same link text.

  No   Comment for N.4: The link text “info” appears twice in this page but every time it is referring to different anchor in the help file. Links with different target URIs should not use the same link text. The link text for these items can be changed to “help on search” or “help on Databases” respectively to their occurances.

N.5 Do all form controls of have descriptive labels?

Yes     Comment for N.5: No comments

N.6 Do groups of related form controls have labels, this includes using fieldset/legend or headings (h2-h6) to indicate the relationship between the form controls?

Not rated Comment for N.6: Groups of relevant form controls can be put together using fieldset/legend markup. This will help screen reader users to identify that those form controls are related to each other.

N.7 Do changes in language of content use the LANG attribute to markup the new language?

    N/A Comment for N.7: No comments

N.8 Do data tables use CAPTION elements, TH elements, TH.ID attributes and TD.HEADERS attributes to title and indicate cell relationships?

    N/A Comment for N.8: This page doesn't contain any data table. Tables are used in this page for layout purposes which we do not recommend it. Table layouts cause usually problem for the page to be linearized properly.

N.9 Do lists of items use UL, OL or DL list markup.?

  No   Comment for N.9: No comments

N.10 Do frames have useful TITLE attributes?
NOTE: Frames used for client/server interaction or do not contain viable content should be marked as title="hidden".

    N/A Comment for N.10: No comments

N.11 Does content make sense when the page is linearized (i.e. table markup and/or stylesheets are disabled)?

  No   Comment for N.11: No comments

Text Equivalents

Conformance Rating

E.1 Do all decorative images set ALT=''?
NOTE: Decorative images do not carry any content but are used purely for graphical styling (i.e. spacers, divider lines, ..), ideally these should all be moved to CSS techniques.

    N/A Comment for E.1: No inline graphics has been used.

E.2 Do all content carrying and icon images have descriptive ALT text?

    N/A Comment for E.2: There is no inline graphics.

E.3 Does the ALT text for all images used for links or form control buttons match the onscreen text?
NOTE: If an image is used in conjunction with text links that ALT='' text should be null, otherwise the link text is spoken twice in screen readers.

    N/A Comment for E.3: There is no graphics.

E.4 Do all OBJECTs/APPLETS have text descriptions and alerntaive accessible version of the content and functions provided by the applet or object.

    N/A Comment for E.4: No comments

E.5 Are text transcipts of audio, video+audio and other multimedia available?

    N/A Comment for E.5: No comments

E.6 Are Text transcipts video+audio and other multimedia with visual and auditory renderings synchoronized with visual rendering?

    N/A Comment for E.6: No comments

E.7 Are links available to play multi-media content in external multi-media players?

    N/A Comment for E.7: No comments


Conformance Rating

Y.1 Does content reflow when browser text zooming features change font size?
NOTE: As content reflows the user should not need to use the horizontal scrolling features to view content and text content should not overlap with other text content.

    N/A Comment for Y.1: I cannot test feature with my screen reader. Usually use of table layout causes problem for liquit design.

Y.2 Does content reflow when the graphical window width changes.
NOTE: As content reflows the user should not need to use the horizontal scroll features to view content.

    N/A Comment for Y.2: I cannot test feature with my screen reader. Usually use of table layout causes problem for liquit design.

Y.3 Is content still usable when high contrast stylesheets are applied to the web page?
NOTE: The Opera browser has built-in high contrast user stylesheets and the Mozilla/Firefox Accessibility Extension also provides a high contrast stylesheet feature.

    N/A Comment for Y.3: I cannot test feature with my screen reader. Use Firefox Accessibility Extenssion to test it. Once the extenssion is installed go to Accessibility->Style->High Contrast 1 and 2.

Y.4 Are Background images used for decorative styling, instead of inline images?

    N/A Comment for Y.4: No comments

Y.5 Is any image used to stylize text, except in logos and other branding icons?

  No   Comment for Y.5: No comments

Y.6 Is all content styled through CSS stylesheets, no in-line styling elements are used (i.e. B, I, FONT, CENTER, BLINK, MARQUEE, ...)?

  No   Comment for Y.6: Almost the entire content is stylized using CSS except one Center element.

Y.7 Do dynamic CSS pseudo-classes like :hover have corresponding :focus dynamic pseudo-class selectors.
NOTE: Keyboard movement of fous should cause changes in stypling, similar to :hover effects.

    N/A Comment for Y.7: No comments

Scripting and Automation

Conformance Rating

R.1 Can all functions of the web page be performed with only the keyboard?

Yes     Comment for R.1: No comments

R.2 Is any OnChange event used for SELECT elements?

  No   Comment for R.2: No comments

R.3 Are session time outs adjustable by the user?

    N/A Comment for R.3: This option is not configurable in the Preference page. I have used it from off-campus previously and I remember that the session expired after a certain amount of idle time but I do not know the length of timeout.

R.4 Can animations be paused and restarted by the user?

    N/A Comment for R.4: No comments

R.5 Is any content that flickers between 2-55 Hz disabled by default, users must be warned of the flickeering before the content is started?

  No   Comment for R.5: No comments

R.6 Is an accessible alternative for embedded Java Applets, Flash and other APPLETS and OBJECTS available?

    N/A Comment for R.6: No comments


Conformance Rating

S.1 Is DOCTYPE specified?

Yes     Comment for S.1: No comments

S.2 Is default language specified?

  No   Comment for S.2: It is important to have a default language setting. This will enable screen reader programs/voice engines to switch to the right language.

S.3 Is character encoding specified?

Yes     Comment for S.3: UTF-8 is a good choice.


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