Overview: Access Continuum


Access Engine, a standalone JavaScript-based testing engine, was released in early 2017 and replaced all other legacy testing engines used by Level Access products. Access Continuum is a product released by Level Access in Fall 2017 to allow customers to integrate accessibility testing using Access Engine within their continuous integration (CI) process. 

In its initial iterations, Access Continuum allows for integration of Access Engine with test automation frameworks, allowing accessibility tests to be run on code snippets, nodes of a page, or a fully-rendered page, while an organization is running their other automated tests. In other words, organizations can simply embed accessibility testing within their existing automated testing infrastructure and process, allowing their development teams to resolve accessibility issues when they are much more cost-effective to fix -- before they are released to production. 

Future iterations of Access Continuum will include out-of-the-box integrations with other CI tools, allowing organizations to embed automated accessibility testing at various stages of their software development lifecycle -- at check-in, build, etc. 

Components and Features

Access Continuum currently includes: 

  1. Access Engine. Note that the community edition of Access Continuum, available for download on, includes the more limited Community edition of Access Engine, which does not have the full set of automated accessibility tests included with the licensed version of Access Engine.
  2. Sample Projects. In order to demonstrate to customers how to integrate accessibility testing into their existing automated testing process, a number of sample projects for popular test automation frameworks are included. These include sample helper files that show how to call our accessibility tests from within these automated testing tools. 

Currently, sample projects are available for the following frameworks: 

  1. Continuum for Java:
    1. Cucumber / Selenium
    2. TestNG on Sauce Labs
    3. JUnit
  2. Continuum for JavaScript:
    1. Jasmine / Karma
    2. CucumberJs / Selenium
    3. Protractor
    4. Jest
  3. Continuum for Mobile:
    1. Appium - Android
    2. Appium - iOS




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