If you ever wonder when the a11y community would have a standard rule set for native Android and iOS apps, well, you may rejoice now!
In a recent joint press release at CSUN 2019, Deque Systems and Microsoft have announced their partnership to release Axe for Android and iOS. As Axe for native apps are going to provide a standard ruleset for native a11y testing, it is open source too. Further, this move enables the entire accessibility community to review, modify and come up with innovative a11y tools in the days to come.
The news does not end here. Adopting Axe into its fold, Microsoft has gone ahead to create a powerful a11y testing tool Insights. Now, Microsoft also has announced that its a11y tools based on axe-core named Axe for Windows as open source. Both these announcements have brought the mission of accessibility one step closer with the powerful contribution from the community.
Axe has evolved to be adopted by many tech giants like Google and Microsoft as part of their accessibility suite. Now that Axe for Windows and Axe for native apps are seeing the day light, what with Microsoft and Deque joining hands to collaborate alongside the community, let’s wait and see how these unfold new tools that make building accessible apps and websites easier and robust!
- Go here to read Deque’s blog post on this announcement.
- To read on the joint press release: