axe DevTools HTML API/CLI 4.5
Release notes describing the changes in axe DevTools HTML API/CLI 4.5
Release Date: December 12, 2022
axe DevTools 4.5 adds new rules from WCAG 2.2 and WCAG level AAA, adds yml support in CLI spec mode, ensures the standard ruleset configuration across the toolkit to be WCAG 2.1 AA, best practices off.
Axe-core Version Update
Axe DevTools HTML APIs/CLI 4.5 come with the latest version of axe-core which is 4.5.2 Full details can be found here: axe-core changelog
WCAG 2.2 Ruleset
With the recent addition of WCAG 2.2 rule support in axe-core, axe DevTools 4.5 adds support for a ruleset including axe-core’s WCAG 2.2 implementation.
With the recent addition of WCAG AAA rule support in axe-core, axe DevTools 4.5 adds support for a ruleset including axe-core’s WCAG AAA implementation.
Both of these new groups of rules can be invoked with the WCAG 2.2 AAA ruleset, turning all rules for WCAG 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 with levels A, AA, and AAA.
CLI Spec mode yml support
In addition to continuing to support the standard cucumber/JSON spec files, axe DevTools HTML 4.5 adds support for .yml/.yaml spec files. .yml/.yaml allows for inline comments to add context to spec files and also creates an easy way to reversibly turn on or off sections of spec files.
Ruleset Configuration Standardization
Across all API integrations as well as the CLI, the standard configuration for the ruleset has been modified where necessary to be consistent across all packages, as well as with other Deque products. The standard configuration is WCAG 2.1 AA, best practices off.
An important feature for axe Monitor: a new flag was added in the axe DevTools HTML CLI to put the browser in interactive mode.