Deque Systems Releases Axe Pro
September 30, 2019
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Deque Systems announced Axe Pro, a key addition to Axe, the web accessibility testing browser extension.

Axe Pro features enable developers to run both automated and intelligent guided tests against their websites and applications, helping ensure they are accessible to all users, including people with disabilities. Still in beta, Axe Pro is available for free for a limited time and will continue to be improved based on feedback from developers everywhere.

“Axe Pro essentially lets every developer function as an in-house accessibility expert,” says Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque Systems. “It helps developers identify more areas for accessibility optimization, which is important as the rate of digital accessibility lawsuits continues to accelerate.”

Axe Pro builds upon the strengths of Deque’s open source axe accessibility rules engine by enabling developers to conduct intelligent guided tests, based on simple question-answer interactions that don’t require additional accessibility expertise. Available through a web portal within Axe, Axe Pro escorts developers through inspections of their websites and applications and returns reports highlighting areas for optimization. For example, Axe Pro will highlight images where the accompanying alt text may not match the image.

Developers can typically identify about half of all critical accessibility blockers through Axe. Augmenting the use of Axe with additional Pro features will help developers increase their testing coverage with no additional resources needed.

“Enlisting the participation of the developer and accessibility community has always been a hallmark of Deque’s approach. It’s the reason we have open-sourced our axe rules libraries and also the reason we are soliciting developer input on these new additions to axe,” continues Kumar. “This feedback is essential in our efforts to continually enrich and expand our offerings, helping developers implement accessibility comprehensively, confidently and easily.”

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