Automated accessibility testing is an easy way to find obvious errors. It should always be a check you do against anything you build, but it is not enough to guarantee accessibility.
It is recommended to use multiple automated checkers, as each one might find errors others do not, and as they’re really quick to run it doesn’t add much overhead.
Accessibility Insights is a Microsoft tool which is available as a browser plugin. Like a lot of other plugins, it offers automated accessibility testing, but what sets it apart is the ability to guide you through a manual assessment.
The manual assessment feature of Accessibility Insights really sets it apart from other browser plugins, as we know from a GDS audit of automated tools, automated tools will not find everything and should not be relied upon.
The guided manual assessment will give you a better understanding of how accessible your website is, and it even provides a HTML report which can be downloaded and kept as evidence.
When using accessibility insights, it will only check the page you’re currently browsing, so it’s best to run it after you build a page rather than trying to go back through an entire site at the end.
Axe will check the page you are currently browsing, AxeCore can be programmed to check multiple pages and output any errors in bulk.
You can also use AxeCore with Gulp using the Gulp Axe Webdriver if you’re using a task runner.