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Deque Announces axe Developer Hub (Beta): The Future of Automated Accessibility Testing

Developers can now easily and automatically detect and track accessibility issues between releases.

HERNDON, VA – March 15, 2023, Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, today announced plans for a new revolutionary accessibility testing platform. This new technology will automatically gather meaningful accessibility testing information and deliver detailed and actionable development-centric insights.

The watcher API and axe Developer Hub reporting platform will be available to beta testers shortly. Sign up for updates.

Deque’s Chief Technology Officer, Dylan Barrell, explains: “For years dev teams have struggled with accessibility testing tools that are tough to implement and maintain. Many tools miss web page changes or changes in state – creating additional work and risk.”

“The reports they generate may provide some data, but, typically, very little context and not in the format that developers need,” he continues. “This means devs may not know if updates make accessibility better or worse. It’s far from ideal. We’re starting a revolution right now to change that.”

The axe Developer Hub (Beta) will provide a completely new way for developer teams to supercharge automated testing. Powered by axe-core, the watcher API is the first step in development of the axe Developer Hub (Beta). It can be implemented in minutes with no code required.

The revolutionary API observes your Document Object Model (DOM) and automatically runs accessibility scans when it detects any changes. The solution self-updates as your tests change. It never misses page or state changes and it’s maintenance free.

This new architecture means you won’t need to worry about un-tested pages, either. You’ll never have to set up a complex custom test fixture or scan every test scenario individually. It automatically determines if an issue exists on a page more than once, so you can fix it once and be done with it.

The Highest Visibility into Digital Accessibility

Axe Developer Hub (Beta) will feature a unique cloud reporting platform that tracks accessibility changes over time, following core developer workflows from managed commit to code review and PR. It takes any guesswork out of issue prioritization, and includes a configurable issue threshold setting that enables it to grow with you and your changing accessibility requirements.

The branches view will show the latest branch of code commit together with the base branch and track accessibility changes along the way, with comparison views of commit to commit, branch to branch, and release to release.

Its reports are also built for developers. Axe Developer Hub (Beta) will store all test results in a single location that you can easily share with colleagues simply by sharing URLs. It’s also simple to export test results in common, useful formats, so you’ll be able to use that data in other tools.

Most dev teams still struggle with common, but critical questions such as…

  • Does this code meet the required accessibility threshold?
  • Did I just make accessibility better or worse with my last changes?
  • Is accessibility getting better from release to release?

Axe Developer Hub (Beta) is built to answer all these questions without any extra work or uncertainty. Take the next step into automated accessibility testing with Deque. Sign up to apply to join our closed beta opportunity today.

About Deque Systems

Deque (pronounced dee-cue) is a web 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

At Deque:
Ryan Bateman, +1-703-225-0380,

At Deque Europe:
Ron Beenen, +31 6 28 26 78 54,

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 over one 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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