Blackboard Page Accessibility Evaluation


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Blackboard Evaluation Information

Hadi Rangin



Control Panel->Assessment

Test Manager->Add Assessment



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: There is no headings of any kind.

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.

  No   Comment for N.2: Add Assessment requires filling out forms through several pages and there is no heading structure at all across all these pages. There are form controls and many formatting related links which are repeated for every question. The lack of heading navigation to each section can be very confusing for screen reader and Braille users who cannot see all the visual relationships among those items on the screen.

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: There is no heading structure in the content.

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: Since some of the formatting links such as Align, Indent, etc are used for each question, there is no mechanism to indicate what formatting link is associated with what question. In such circumstances, we recommend to use TITLE attribute to indicate what question a specific formatting link is associated with. Structuring the form controls with proper header elements can also help to identify all the related items.

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

  No   Comment for N.5: As described in n.4, the formatting links do not identify what questions they are associated with.

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?

  No   Comment for N.6: No comments

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: No comments

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

  No   Comment for N.9: Links do not appear in the List markup. There are several series of lists that can appear in UL or OL 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".

Yes     Comment for N.10: In general, we do not recommend the use of frames but here the frames have human understandable names.

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

Yes     Comment for N.11: The pages in this module do not linearize well. The linearized mode which is similar to what screen reader users see does not show the relationships between the items in all those pages.

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.

Yes     Comment for E.1: No comments

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

  No   Comment for E.2: See n.4.

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.

  No   Comment for E.3: Except the 3 main navigation links (Home, help, and Logout) which are accompanied with regular links, I do not see any reducndency in this module.

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 this feature with my screen reader.

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 this feature with my screen reader.

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 this feature with my screen reader.

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

    N/A Comment for Y.4: I cannot test this feature with my screen reader.

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, ...)?

    N/A Comment for Y.6: I cannot test this feature with my screen reader.

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?

  No   Comment for R.1: The question text area is not editable when using a screen reader. Apparently the insertion cursor remains on Activate link. Pressing any space bar in the question text area triggers the activate button over and over and everytime the screen reader program looses the focus and goes to the top of the screen.

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

Yes     Comment for R.2: The list box where allows user to select the numbering of choices cannot be used with keyboard because onChange event handler is being used.

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

  No   Comment for R.3: so far I have tested there is no place that you can set the length of the session time-out. User is not notified that his/her session is expiring either.

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?

  No   Comment for S.1: At least not in the main container file.

S.2 Is default language specified?

  No   Comment for S.2: main container file.

S.3 Is character encoding specified?

Yes     Comment for S.3: No comments


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