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Microsoft looking to automation to help developers ensure browser accessibility

Recently, Microsoft highlighted work it had done to bring Office 365 and Windows 10 up to more noteworthy accessibility standards and practices. Now the company is shining a light on its work with its newest web browser, Edge, to ensure high-quality accessibility through the use of automation.

According to Microsoft, the Edge team has implemented new technologies into the browser to help reduce overhead and catch regressions before they ship, when testing accessibility implementations.

The new technology, dubbed HTML 5 Accessibility test suite (Author’s note: I know, anticlimactic) should help the browser team and developers quickly apply necessary accessibility features when available to test against the bridges between UIA clients and UIA providers.

The work we’ve done has helped us improve accessibility in Microsoft Edge, but we want all users on Windows to have a remarkable accessibility experience, no matter what browser they’re using. To accomplish this, web developers need to ensure their sites are accessible, and other browser vendors need to ensure their browsers meet accessibility requirements. To help the community in this endeavor, we are open sourcing our HTML 5 Accessibility test harness code on Github with an MIT license.”

For those interested in the continued development and work on the excitingly named HTML 5 Accessibility test suite, the Edge team has included a sample branch to help get developers started on testing their sites that leverage UI Automation clients. If you’re a developer or just interested in Edge development, let us know in the comments what you think of this new technology.

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