STARWEST 2019 Concurrent Session : Automating Accessibility Testing with Axe


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Automating Accessibility Testing with Axe

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Accessibility empowers users, increases diversity, and can drive higher adoption and higher growth of your digital services. The axe family of open source technologies has been designed with speed, ease of integration, and zero false positives in mind. It is the perfect tool to start automating the testing of your websites and applications for accessibility issues. Dylan Barrell is the founder of the axe family of technologies and will talk about how they can help you get started with accessibility testing. He will show a complement of tools that integrate with a variety of technologies, from Ruby to React and Selenium to Cypress.

Deque Systems Inc.

Dylan Barrell has been focused on accessibility testing for the past nine years, having developed the first browser-based developer tool for accessibility testing and founded the open source technologies that make up the axe family of tools. This includes axe-core, axe-webdriverjs, and react-axe. He has also been involved in many large accessibility remediation projects in financial services, online retail, and government sectors. He has a degree in computer science and a master's in business administration from the University of Michigan and is currently the Chief Product Officer at Deque.