Accessibility Insights is an open supply venture created by Microsoft geared toward serving to builders construct extra accessible software program.
It was created internally at Microsoft after which launched as an open supply answer in 2019.
“We had been motivated by Microsoft’s mission to ‘empower each particular person and each group on the planet to attain extra.’ We realized that to empower each particular person, we have to assist help all builders in constructing extra accessible merchandise. The facility of open-source software program is growing transparency into our methodologies and inspiring belief in our instruments. It additionally permits us to simply accept contributions and to permit builders to experiment with our instruments. These merchandise belong to the group now and I’m excited to see how we’ll develop them collectively over the approaching years,” Mark Reay, principal group software program engineering supervisor for Microsoft, wrote in a post.
The venture contains FastPass, which is a 5 minute course of that identifies frequent accessibility points and offers suggestions on the best way to repair them.
Step one of FastPass is an automatic scan and the second step is the Tab Stops take a look at, which offers builders with a visualization of how somebody would use a keyboard to navigate by means of the person interface.
Microsoft has put effort into guaranteeing that Accessibility Insights doesn’t give false positives and it makes use of scanning libraries that share that dedication, equivalent to axe-core from Deque Programs.
Accessibility Insights is out there in just a few totally different varieties. Accessibility Insights for Web will be added as a browser extension for Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Accessibility Insights for Windows is a desktop software that features axe-windows, which is a scanning library. Microsoft additionally lately added Accessibility Insights for Android for Android builders.