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What is LERA?
LERA is an intelligent web based accessibility reporting tool available as a Chrome extension for Windows.
You have the ability to scan a website for accessibility errors, save the report and download it.
Who should use LERA?
There are roles for developers, testers, designers, content writers and marketing professionals in accessibility testing. LERA was founded on the belief that Accessibility testing and reporting should be made available to diverse stakeholders in business units.
How much does it cost to use LERA?
Nothing. It is absolutely free to use. You can choose to create an account to use premium features or use it as it is.
How is LERA different from other accessibility testing tools?
While LERA has the ability to test websites, it is a reporting tool first. There are many excellent tools available on the market that aid in testing, but not many that generate reports. For free. The goal of LERA is to provide the ability to build reports on the fly and save time to be spent on manual testing.
What are the premium features?
LERA has three main workflows – Scan, Report, Export.
To start with, once a website is scanned for accessibility violations, the report can be saved to your account. Multiple webpages on a single domain can be audited and saved to one single report to be downloaded.
Custom reports can also be created, by choosing to download only issues that need to be reported. Alternatively, all issues can be downloaded by default.
Amongst other features, there is a report management section where you can save, archive, and delete reports.
All reports are available for download as Excel files with pre-formatted filters to make your reporting easier.
Why can’t these features be available without creating an account, if the tool is free?
Unfortunately, without an account to map the files to in the backend, we will not be able to save a report. Subsequently the report will not be available for download.
The tool can always be used without an account and the auditing function will still be accessible by displaying all the errors in detail.
How to add more web pages to a report?
To add web pages to a report, visit the target page you want to audit, load it and go back to the dashboard.
Wait for the “URL successfully updated” notification
Hit “Add to Sheet” to add to the existing file.
Repeat this for as many webpages as necessary before downloading the report.
Do I have to save and download each URL separately?
That is the uniqueness of LERA. You can scan and save as many pages as you want to one single report before downloading.
Can I save reports from two different websites?
Only pages from the same domain can be saved. If you leave the webpage, or close it accidentally mid-session, you have to re-open it and start the scan all over again.
However, if you have already saved a report, you can pick up where you left off, and use the Update feature.
What is the difference between Update and Add to Sheet?
Add to Sheet lets you add a new URL from the same domain to the report
Update lets you add a scan to the report that is different from the original scan saved to file.
Consider the following use cases –
For example, if you have saved www.test.com to a file named Test, but realized that you didn’t include manual review practices.
You can navigate to the Automated Issues tab, toggle the Manual Review button to ON, and hit Update.
This will add the extra issues to the existing file Test.
You have saved a report with the default settings; meaning it was scanned, and saved in a straight through process.
You want to remove the color contrast issues because you use another tool.
You can go back to the Automated Issues tab, or scan the page again if you exited,
Uncheck the selection box on the Color Contrast issue in detailed automated issues table (they are all selected by default)
Hit Update, and the report will be updated with the new selected criteria.
The Update feature is a very powerful feature in this tool and can be a time saver if used properly.
Can I use the filter function to create a custom report?
Unfortunately, not at this time.
The filter views only sort and display the selected criteria.
To build a custom report, you have to uncheck the boxes manually in the Automated Issues section (all the issues are selected by default).
What are Archived reports?
An archived report will be stored to your account available for download or deletion.
What is the use of Archives?
An archived report can be useful when you want to compare the status of the website after remediation, or updating the page with a new design. You can save a report in the Active reports section and compare that with the one in Archives in the future to compare any changes made.
A use-case for the use of Archives-
Consider a scenario where a marketing team wants to change the position of a Call-to-Action on a landing page. You can make the change, scan it and compare that with an archived report to compare the changes.
This feature is important because it serves as a repository for your reports, making it easy to file them away in one place.
Why wouldn’t I want to use premium features?
You can still use it without logging in for accessibility testing.
What data do you collect?
We only collect your name, email address and the password that you provide to create an account. This password is the access to LERA and not your email address.
You may read more about how we collect and use your information here.