Web Platform Docs Launched

Web Platform DocsLeading tech companies have announced the launch of Web Platform Docs.

Vendors like Facebook, HP, Nokia, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Adobe, Mozilla, Opera and W3C are all involved in launching WebPlatform.org, a project that aims to create “a new, authoritative open web standards documentation site,” says Opera Software.

According to Opera, the website basically ensures that ‘all the latest HTML5, CSS4 and other standards are featured across the multitude of available web-based resource’ are found by the developer easily.

The companies backing this launch are of the opinion that developers find it hard to find answers to their questions about the modern web technologies and henceforth they have to resolve to the old method of learning which is trial and error.

Adobe says that this site is aiming to change this; its going to make sure that the hurdle developers face, is resolved by finding the answer here. Developers will have a “single, definitive resource to go to” because the website features information on browser compatibility, API documentation, best practices, examples and status of the various specs.

Time Berners-Lee, Director of the W3C said in a statement that “People in the web community — including browser makers, authoring tool makers, and leading-edge developers and designers — have tremendous experience and practical knowledge about the web,” adding that “Web Platform Docs is an ambitious project where all of us who are passionate about the web can share knowledge and help one another.”

The website’s opening blog states that the site is a MediaWiki based on “a massive import of data” from the supporting companies, but it is “still in a rough form, that needs a lot of polishing. It has a chat channel and Q&A forums, a blog and a Twitter account. And all this material will be available free, for anyone to use for any purpose.”

Although the website is loaded with info from the participating organizations, but anyone will be able to contribute content to the project. The W3C will serve as the site’s convener and curator, but the various participating organizations stress that this is a community effort.


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