Accessibility Testing in Google Docs

Color Contrast

Color blindness affects 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women. Make sure to check the color contrast of the content in the document. The WCAG guidelines require a color contrast ratio of 4.5:1. You can use different tools to check the color contrast between the background and foreground. Learn how to use the color contrast checkers on the Accessible Content page.

Accessibility Checker

Google Docs does not have a built-in accessibility checker. You can use the Grackle Docs add-on to run the accessibility tests on your document. Learn how to install Grackle Docs.

Once you have installed Grackle Docs, follow these steps to run the accessibility checker:

  1. Go to Add-ons > Grackle Docs > Launch.

    Launch Grackle
  2. Grackle Docs will run the accessibility tests, and a panel appears showing passed and failed tests.
    Grackle accessibility test
  3. You can click on each failed test to view the details of the issue and how to fix it.
    Grackle error example
  4. Go through the list and fix the accessibility issues.

Manual Testing

The accessibility checker does not cover all the accessibility issues. You still need to check the following issues manually: