Section 508 Compliance (VPAT)

Date: 09/11/2012

Name of Product: Google Calendar (additional product VPATs)

Point of Contact: Boris Khvostichenko (calendar-accessibility@google.com), Calendar Product Manager

Summary Table
Criteria Supporting Features Remarks
Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems Applicable Supports
Section 1194.22 Web-based internet information and applications Applicable Supports with exceptions
Section 1194.23 Telecommunications Products Not Applicable
Section 1194.24 Video and Multi-media Products Not Applicable
Section 1194.25 Self-Contained, Closed Products Not Applicable
Section 1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers Not Applicable
Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria Applicable Supports
Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation, and Support Applicable Supports with exceptions
Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems
Criteria Supporting Features Remarks
(a) When software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, product functions shall be executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually. Supports Google Calendar supports general keyboard navigation.
(b) Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features, where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards. Applications also shall not disrupt or disable activated features of any operating system that are identified as accessibility features where the application programming interface for those accessibility features has been documented by the manufacturer of the operating system and is available to the product developer. Supports Google Calendar does not interfere with or deactivate the accessibility features of the operating system.
(c) A well-defined on-screen indication of the current focus shall be provided that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes. The focus shall be programmatically exposed so that Assistive Technology can track focus and focus changes. Supports Google Calendar supports visual indication of current focus for interactive elements.
(d) Sufficient information about a user interface element including the identity, operation and state of the element shall be available to Assistive Technology. When an image represents a program element, the information conveyed by the image must also be available in text. Supports WAI-ARIA is used to expose role and state information.
(e) When bitmap images are used to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, the meaning assigned to those images shall be consistent throughout an application’s performance. Supports Images are used consistently within Google Calendar.
(f) Textual information shall be provided through operating system functions for displaying text. The minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes. Supports Textual information is available to assistive technology in Google Calendar.
(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes. Supports Google Calendar doesn’t lose visual information in High Contrast mode.
(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user. Supports Google Calendar does not use animation.
Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems (continued)
Criteria Supporting Features Remarks
(i) Color coding shall not be used as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element. Supports Google Calendar uses color to distinguish calendars, but that information is also available in text and available to assistive technology users.
(j) When a product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels shall be provided. Supports Google Calendar offers color customization options for a range of contrast levels for calendar and event colors.
(k) Software shall not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flash or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. Supports Google Calendar has no flashing or blinking text, objects or other elements.
(l) When electronic forms are used, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues. Supports Google Calendar announces all form controls and allows to navigate between them.
Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet Information and Applications
Criteria Supporting Features Remarks
(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via “alt”, “longdesc”, or in element content). Supports Images and other graphical elements have a text alternative.
(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation. Not Applicable Google Calendar does not contain multimedia.
(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup. Supports Google Calendar uses color to distinguish calendars, but that information is also available in text and available to assistive technology users.
(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet. Does not support Google Calendar is a web-based application, and so requires style sheets to work correctly.
(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map. Not Applicable Google Calendar does not use server-side image maps.
(f) Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape. Not Applicable Google Calendar does not use client-side image maps.
(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables. Supports with exceptions Most data tables are correctly identified by row and column headers.
(h) Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers. Not Applicable There are no data tables with more than one logical level of column or row headers in Google Calendar.
(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation. Does not support There are no frames designed for interaction in Google Calendar core functionality, however some gadgets available as add-ons through Labs use frames which lack frame titles.
(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. Supports Google Calendar does not cause the screen to flicker.
(k) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes. Not Applicable Accessibility provisions in Google Calendar can be provided without requiring a separate text-only version.
(l) When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by Assistive Technology. Supports with exceptions Some elements such as notifications are not announced correctly to assistive technology.
(m) When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with §1194.21(a) through (l). Supports Google Calendar’s core functionality does not require that an applet, plug-in or other application be present.
(n) When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues. Supports Google Calendar announces all form controls and allows to navigate between them.
(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links. Supports with exceptions Google Calendar includes shortcut keys, most actions have shortcut key associated. Google Calendar makes good use of headings.
(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required. Supports Google Calendar does not require timed responses.
Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria
Criteria Supporting Features Remarks
(a) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user vision shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are blind or visually impaired shall be provided. Supports Agenda view mode in Google Calendar provides core functionality, doesn’t require user vision and supports assistive technology. Day view, Week view and Month view are not available to screen readers.
(b) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require visual acuity greater than 20/70 shall be provided in audio and enlarged print output working together or independently, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are visually impaired shall be provided. Supports Google Calendars supports screen magnifiers.
(c) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user hearing shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing shall be provided Supports Google Calendar does not require user hearing.
(d) Where audio information is important for the use of a product, at least one mode of operation and information retrieval shall be provided in an enhanced auditory fashion, or support for assistive hearing devices shall be provided. Supports Google Calendar does not require user hearing.
(e) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user speech shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people with disabilities shall be provided. Supports Google Calendar does not require user speech.
(f) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require fine motor control or simultaneous actions and that is operable with limited reach and strength shall be provided. Supports The parts of Google Calendar that cannot be operated using the keyboard alone have significantly large target areas that would not cause problems for people with fine motor control or limited reach and strength.
Section 1194.41 Information, documentation, and support.
Criteria Supporting Features Remarks
(a) Product support documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge. Supports Google Help Centers provide electronic versions of all product support documentation.
(b) End-users shall have access to a description of the accessibility and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate methods upon request, at no additional charge. Supports Google Help Centers provide information on accessibility features in the documentation. Electronic versions of all product support documentation are provided.
(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities. Supports with exceptions Google Help Centers are compatible with screen-reader technology. However, only electronic versions of all product support documentation are available.

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