It’s not just another day when top technology companies who develop technologies, platforms, and devices for the Web or do business on it get together with the World Wide Web Consortium with an aim to enable a better Web for everyone. Web Platform Docs is a new community-driven site that aims to become a comprehensive and authoritative source for web developer documentation. It has been convened by W3C and the partners – Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, and Opera – support it through content, people, funding, and other contributions.
This central repository for developers and designers who use open Web standards intends to host clear reference docs, thoughtful tutorials for existing and new technologies, a sample library that takes into account real-world scenarios, and tells you what platforms and devices you can use various technologies on and the current standardization, stability, and implementation status of each technology specification. The initiative would be an ongoing concerted effort attempting to deliver the promise of interoperability through the same standards-based markup.
The web platform has become the medium of creative expression for web developers and designers, and it continues to evolve and to become ever more expressive. Having a reliable source of information for modern, up to date best practices is a huge time saver for creative professionals and will allow them to focus on what they do best: creating.
- Arno Goudrol, Senior Director for the Web Platform for Adobe
The site is a wiki platform, and anyone can become a member, anyone can contribute, and the resulting community creates and manages the content through collaboration and moderation. The founding organizations are known as stewards. The stewards seeded WPD with topics donated from already-published content, for example, Microsoft has contributed over 3200 topics from MSDN.