Blackboard Page Accessibility Evaluation


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Blackboard Evaluation Information

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?


N.2 Do menus and navigation bars have H2 element before the links to provide orientation to the menu bar and exapandable menu bars do expansion controls change their labels based on whether they are expanded or not?
NOTE: Headings can hidden using CSS techniques base on the postion: absolute property, do not use display: none or visibility: hidden since thes etechniques hide the information from screen readers.

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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


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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Scripting and Automation

Conformance Rating

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

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

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

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

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?

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


Conformance Rating

S.1 Is DOCTYPE specified?


S.2 Is default language specified?


S.3 Is character encoding specified?