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Deque Adds New Appium Plugin to axe DevTools Mobile

Get started with support for Image View Name, Active Control Name, Touch Target Size, Label in Name, and Label at Front – with more on the way.

Deque’s axe DevTools Mobile team is pleased to announce a new Appium plugin that works for any app–native or cross-platform–and doesn’t require embedded Deque code in your app. After the simple install, just add one line of code in your Appium tests wherever you’d like to take a scan for accessibility. Unlike other tools, it works with any Appium-supported client, too.

Before this axe DevTools Mobile release, Appium support was only provided for native iOS and Android apps. The new plugin provides much easier installation and functionality across platforms, not just native. Use the plugin to scan your native iOS or Android app, or cross-platform apps, such as React Native, Flutter, and .NET MAUI.

This initial release tests for five (5) accessibility rules including:

  • Image View Name – Focusable image elements provide an accessible name, WCAG 2.0 1.1.1 A
  • Active Control Name – Buttons provide an accessible name, WCAG 2.0 4.1.2 A
  • Touch Target Size – Buttons have a minimum of 44pt by 44pt visual and tappable area, WCAG 2.1 2.5.5 AAA
  • Label in Name – Accessibility focusable buttons have their name included in their visible label, WCAG 2.1 2.5.3 A
  • Label at Front – Visible text of a button is at the start of the button’s accessible name, WCAG 2.1 2.5.3 Best Practice

For many mobile developers, Appium is a preferred choice for automation. Its flexible, cross-platform format saves time and creates reusable code. With the new plugin, users can integrate Appium tests directly into their mobile pipeline to streamline and automate the process.

Together with the axe DevTools Mobile Analyzer, users can find and fix many digital accessibility issues for mobile quickly and easily. Going forward, this plugin will be our new way to test your mobile apps with Appium. The current Appium testing methodology with embedded code will be phased out. Stay tuned for even more innovation.

Read the full release notes to learn more about this new plugin.

Start a free trial today and we’ll keep you updated as we add new rules and functionality.

About Deque Systems

Deque (pronounced dee-cue) is a digital accessibility software and services company, and our mission is Digital Equality. We believe everyone, regardless of their ability, should have equal access to the information, services, applications, and everything else on the web. We work with enterprise-level businesses and organizations to ensure that their sites and mobile apps are accessible. Installed in over 475,000 browsers and with over 5,000 audit projects completed, Deque is the industry standard.

Axe ® is a registered trademark of Deque Systems, Inc.

News Media Contacts

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At Deque APAC & MENA:
Abin Roy Choudhury, +91 9000189666,

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About Deque Systems

Deque (pronounced dee-cue) stands for digital equality. For over 20 years, our software, services and training have helped eliminate billions of accessibility barriers from websites, mobile apps and other digital content - improving the web for everyone, including people with disabilities.

We work with enterprise-level businesses and organizations to ensure that their sites and mobile apps are accessible. Our axe tools have been downloaded nearly a billion times by accessibility champions around the world. Our experts have implemented thousands of successful accessibility programs. Our training has impacted over a hundred thousand learners.

Deque is the digital accessibility industry standard.
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