Major Release: 03/16/2020

Written by: Zahra Safavian

On Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9pm EST, we will be releasing to all Level Access-hosted production systems. You can expect an outage of up to 4 hours at that time.

Release Highlights

Access Continuum 4.0

Access Continuum now includes configuration management features that make it easier than ever to maintain your Continuum implementation:

  • Access Engine is now included in the JAR and JS files for the Java and JavaScript SDKs, respectively, reducing the amount of configuration necessary to get Continuum projects up and running.
  • All Access Continuum SDKs have been updated to use a single, unified configuration schema, so all Continuum projects, whether Java or JavaScript, can use the same configuration file.
  • Access Continuum now includes package distribution and management capabilities, so customers can retrieve and build their Continuum projects with their build tools, making installation and upgrades easier and more automated.

For existing Access Continuum customers, upgrading to the latest version of Access Continuum will require a token and new installation instructions. The Level Access Product Support and Implementation team will be reaching out to our primary contacts at each organization licensing Access Continuum in the week following the release to provide them with their token and anything else necessary to successfully upgrade.

Access Engine Updates

Access Engine has been updated with over 20 new and updated tests, making our testing engine more powerful than ever. Many of these updates continue our ongoing work to ensure that our tests and test results are harmonized with the rules that are reviewed and approved by the Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Task Force and ACT Rules Community Group, both of which we are members.

Not ready to use these new tests? Organizations can now customize their testing settings at a more granular level, controlling which tests are run on any given asset within the organization. Organization administrators can not only enable or disable specific tests for an organization, but they can also configure organization-wide settings to ensure that newly-released Access Engine tests are always enabled for their assets. Alternatively, organizations could choose to manually enable newly-released tests when they are ready for the changes.

End Dates for Recurring Automated Scans

Many organizations use recurring automated scans (“spiders”) to monitor the accessibility of their assets. When configuring these scans, customers can now configure an end date, so the scans do not recur in perpetuity. This will reduce the number of unnecessary reports that can increase cognitive load within the asset areas in AMP.

For more details on updates in this release, review the Detailed Release Notes.