axe-pro (Beta)

Upgrade your accessibility testing

    What is axe-pro?

    The most effective way to build accessible websites and apps is to incorporate accessibility testing into the earliest stages of your development process. Automated accessibility tools like axe have done a lot to help ensure that developers are catching issues while they code, but a lot of accessibility issues still require additional testing performed by an expert.

    Axe-pro is a new kind of accessibility testing tool that helps you perform more advanced accessibility testing without having to become an expert. It includes a series of testing modules that guide you through a series of simple questions about your page content and then build an issue report based on your answers.

    • Axe-pro tests are performed via a web-based app in conjunction with a Chrome browser extension.
    • It lets you perform more advanced accessibility testing without requiring special accessibility expertise.
    • In addition to the advanced testing modules, axe-pro performs all axe automatic tests.
    • With axe-pro you can manage multiple accessibility tests, limit the scope of your testing to a single component or part of a page, and you can export issues.

    Join our beta!

    If you’d like to try axe-pro for yourself, apply to participate in our exclusive axe-pro beta. You’ll have free access to the tool, and your feedback will help shape the future development of axe-pro.

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    Benefits of working with axe-pro

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    Maximize Your Impact

    Accomplish more accessibility testing in the early stages of your development process.

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    User-Friendly Testing

    Testing modules include step-by-step instructions to help you perform more advanced accessibility testing without having to be an expert.

    Automatic and Guided Testing

    In addition to manual testing modules, axe-pro includes automatic testing performed by our original axe tool.

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    Clear Issue Reporting

    Issue reports are detailed and consistent and include any information collected in the step-by-step testing process.

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    Export Issues

    You can export all your axe-pro test results as a JSON or .csv file for easier sharing and record-keeping.

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    Limit Test Scope

    Focus your testing on the specific parts of the page that need your attention.

    axe-pro FAQs

    Will axe-pro make my page/site/app accessible?
    Axe-pro can help you find all accessibility issues that can be accurately detected via automation plus a variety of accessibility issues that would require basic manual testing; however, it can not detect all accessibility issues. You will still need help from an expert accessibility tester to perform additional manual testing (especially if you’re worried about meeting certain compliance requirements). Keep in mind, axe-pro and accessibility testing tools in general can only detect issues – it’s up to your team to actually fix the issues.

    What are the differences between axe-pro, axe-core and axe browser extensions?
    Axe-core is an open source JavaScript library of accessibility tests – it’s raw code that you can integrate into your development environment.

    The axe browser extension is essentially axe-core wrapped in an easy-to-use interface so you can perform axe testing and view your results without having to build your own interface. The extension is available for Firefox and Chrome.
    Axe-pro builds on the foundation of the axe extension (in-browser testing with a friendly UI) with the addition of some guided testing modules that walk you through manual accessibility tests.

    If accessibility testing were a latte, axe-core would be the espresso beans, the axe extension would be espresso beans loaded in a home espresso machine, and axe-pro would be that same home espresso machine with a milk steamer.

    Is axe-pro available for browsers besides Chrome?
    At this time, axe-pro is only available for Chrome.

    Is axe-pro available for mobile?
    Axe-pro cannot perform native iOS or Android testing at this time, but you could use it for some mobile web testing by resizing your browser window on a computer.

    Does axe-pro offer a cloud and desktop version?
    Not at this time. Axe-pro is a web-based tool that runs in-browser and requires an active internet connection to work.

    Is axe-pro open source?
    Axe-pro’s automatic tests are performed with the axe-core testing library, which is open source; however, the axe-pro UI and guided testing modules are not open source.

    Is axe-pro for sale?
    Axe-pro is currently free so we can get as much feedback as possible for the beta testing process. The future of axe-pro after the beta has not yet been determined, but offering it as a paid tool is a possibility.