W3C Launches Web Platform Docs
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced the release of Web Platform Docs, a new community-driven site that will be a source for Web developer documentation.The W3C, in collaboration with Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, Opera and others, has announced today the alpha release of Web Platform Docs (docs.webplatform.org). Web Platform Docs is a new community-driven site that aims to become a comprehensive and authoritative source for Web developer documentation. In the past, developers who use HTML5, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and other technologies of the Open Web Platform have had to consult multiple sites to understand how to use these technologies in a way that works across browsers, operating systems and devices. This was time-consuming and in many cases increased development costs, W3C officials said. "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," Tim Berners-Lee, W3C director, said in a statement. "Web Platform Docs is an ambitious project where all of us who are passionate about the Web can share knowledge and help one another." With Web Platform Docs, Web professionals will save time and resources by consulting with confidence a single site for current, cross-browser and cross-device coding best practices, including how to use each feature of the Open Web Platform, with syntax and examples; the interoperability of various technologies across platforms and devices; the standardization status of each technology specification; and the stability and implementation status of features.
Anyone can contribute content to Web Platform Docs. The organizations above, collectively known as the stewards, have launched this new site with initial documents contributed as raw material for the community to shape. The W3C will serve as the site’s convener. As the Open Web Platform evolves, the entire community, including the original stewards and new stewards, will help maintain and improve the content. All materials on the site will be freely available and licensed to foster sharing and reuse.