When you add pages to the Accessible Web Console you gain the ability to add them to tasks, make notes, or even schedule them for automated scanning. If you have a lot of pages you’d like to import, it doesn’t make sense to add them to the Console one page at a time.
To import pages from your website automatically, you first need to make sure that you have specified a sitemap field on your website. Do this by going to your Console Settings.
Now, all pages from your sitemap will be automatically imported into the Accessible Web Console. When new pages are added to your sitemap, they will be added to Console. Console will not delete pages that are removed from your sitemap. Similarly, if Console automatically adds a page from your sitemap, which you later delete, we will not re-add the page to your Console account.
Troubleshooting & Frequently Asked Questions
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Why am I still not seeing pages from my website show in Console?
If you are not seeing any pages within 24 hours after adding your sitemap to your Website Settings, then there may be a problem scanning your sitemap. Make sure that the sitemap you have specified is accessible to all users (ie. not behind any authentication), and that it contains valid sitemap xml. If you have verified those items, then your site may be blocking our bot. Make sure you don’t have any entries in your robots.txt file that would block our bot from reaching your sitemap. You can learn more about our bot here.
Why aren’t pages from my website showing up in Console?
Our bot currently scans sites for new pages twice a day, this is subject to change, but may be the reason you aren’t seeing the page yet. If the page still isn’t showing up after 24 hours, make sure that the page is present in the sitemap that you have specified in your Website Settings.
What is “Active Scanning Job” and how does Accessible Web Console schedule scanning jobs?
“Active Scanning Job” will show the current, automatically scheduled scanning job being processed. Accessible Web Console will periodically check your website for pages that need to be scanned based on the what you have specified as their preferred scanning frequency, and when they were last scanned. When it finds one, it will group it with other pages that are also due (or close to due) and scan them together in a “scanning job”. You can expect new pages to be scanned (or at least scheduled in a scanning job) within an hour of them being detected. If you manually request a single page to be scanned, you can expect the scan to complete much quicker than this, likely within 5 minutes.
What rules are being checked during the accessibility scan?
Accessible Web uses Axe Core to perform accessibility scans of the pages you request. We run the scan on your page and check for violations of WCAG 2.1 AA by default. If you would like to change the rules that we are checking for, you can adjust these settings in the Console Settings tab of you website.
Is there a way to manually trigger a scan of a page?
Yes! Navigate to the page within your Console account, and click the Scan Page button.