Who would have thought it? A group of some of the top companies in the IT industry have come together with the W3C organization to build a new community and website that, the group says, will become the authorities' source for documents for web developers.
The initial group of companies -- Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia and Opera, along with a number of other unnamed companies -- have joined together to launch Web Platform Docs to provide developers with all the documentation they might need to build websites and platforms.
Explaining the purpose of the site in a statement, W3C says that when developers are starting to use new technologies or introduce them into an enterprise, they often have to go searching on the web to find documentation that describes how those technologies can be deployed and used.
Take HTML 5, or CSS for example. In the past, developers had to trawl through dozens of websites to understand the technologies and to make them accessible in as many browsers, operating systems and devices as possible.
Web Platform Docs
Apart from the fact that this adds to already substantial web development costs, there are also questions about what sites (and information) could be trusted. Anyone who has ever done research on the web knows that there is a lot of information out there that ranges from highly thought-out and informed, to information that is just plain wrong.
W3C's Web Platform Docs aims to deal with this problem by creating a set of open standards. Anyone can contribute to it, but not everyone gets through. If that sounds intriguing, then wait until you have to deal with the stewards.
W3C’s Site, Community
Any developer can contribute, but the contributions will be vetted by a representative of the member companies -- collectively known as the stewards. They will decide whether the contribution will be included or not.
The result is a single site for current, cross-browser and cross-device coding best practices, including:
- Open Web Platform syntax and examples
- Interoperability between technologies and platforms
- Standardization status of the included technologies
- Stability and implementation status of existing features
As the Open Web Platform evolves, the entire community, including the original stewards and new stewards, will help maintain and improve the content. The site is already up and running and accessible to all. It will not be static and will change as technologies change.