Automated tools and testing are a quick and easy way to incorporate accessibility testing into web and mobile development processes. Automated accessibility testing tools come in the form of browser extensions or can be built into CI/CD pipelines. The tool returns detailed information on accessibility violations and how to fix them, complete with links to more in-depth information. These tools can typically identify anywhere from 30-50% of accessibility defects typically present on web content but should always be accompanied by manual accessibility testing for a full picture on the accessibility of your web and mobile pages and applications.
At Nationwide, we utilize a scanning tool as part of a review process to ensure our sites’ health. There are two standard automation tools you should have: axe plugin (for Chrome or Firefox) and axe monitor. The open source axe plugin is the easiest tool to use to get started. Please download them using the links below.