One point to bear in mind from the start is that axe deviates from the traditional approach to accessibility. Thus, instead of creating a solution for a ready-made website or HTML testing, axe is deployed along the development course. That said, four fantastic tools make up the axe accessibility suite. They are:
- Axe DevTools
- Axe Auditor
- Android Accessibility
- iOS Accessibility
As the name readily suggests, axe DevTools for detecting, preventing, and rectifying accessibility defects that might occur during development. It includes a browser extension for front-end developers to run a quick in-browser test while they code. Axe accessibility browser extension is a free testing tool that has been designed to detect up to more than 50% of accessibility issues that are discoverable by automation.
Axe Intelligent Guided Testing is a pro feature of the Axe DevTools. By default, standard accessibility testing could be challenging since it requires some level of expertise to conduct an advanced audit successfully. Intelligent Guided Testing simplifies the complexity associated with typical accessibility testing. In short, it eliminates the need for knowledge. A series of motives in the form of questions about page contents allow the system to refocus effort, dig deeper, and detect more flaws that otherwise would have been overlooked by a basic scan. The three main attributes of Intelligent Guided Testing are: first, its ability to conduct a more in-depth audit by refocusing attention on selected sections of the website, thereby detecting more flaws. Second, its simplicity of use such that the need for technical know-how becomes overridden by the guided prompts. Lastly, it is time-saving.
Axe Auditor is an accessibility testing tool that lets accessibility experts and QA testers perform full-coverage audits in line with the WCAG 2.0 and 2.1 and Level A and AA. When you compare this compliance testing tool with many other solutions that lean toward either extreme of automation or automation, axe Auditor is ahead of the competition, as it combines automated and manual testing. What is most exciting about this combo is that you could run both manual and automated testing on the same interface. Consequently, you employ automated testing to detect simple issues, thereby freeing up time for manual testing. As if the axe Auditor is not fantastic enough, the tool allows you to specify rules that are relevant to your testing goals for content under evaluation.
Android Accessibility & iOS Accessibility
Accessibility testing for web and HTML is not the same with Android and iOS. And, with the wide acceptance of mobile apps, neglecting this side of compliance may render your efforts half-baked, unless your brand does not run on a mobile app. Not to worry, Axe has got you covered. As with the web, Axe has made generous provisions for mobile accessibility through its Android and iOS compliance checking solutions. Axe Android is a free tool that allows you to run a basic, automated scan of your mobile app from your phone.