We have investigated the accessibility of Facebook in three subsequent "Tests of the Month" (May, June and July 2011). This article sums up the main findings.
The social network Facebook is a complex web application that cannot be tested adequately in a single "Test of the Month". From May to July 2011, we have therefore carried out three separate tests, investigating first the registration process for new users; then, the account and profile settings; and finally, the daily use.
The overall verdict: Facebook gives users with disabilities a hard time. In daily use, several critical functions are inaccessible. For this reason alone, the overall score of the last test had to be marked down. These are the most serious problems:
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The three individual tests cover the problems in more detail. This is an overview of the tests and respective results:
|Individual test||point score (of 100)|
|Facebook account and profile settings||78,25|
|Facebook in daily use||69,75 (and marked down)|