Tech giants team up for developer resource site

Posted by Emma Woollacott

A group of industry heavyweights including the four biggest browser makers, along with Apple, Google and Microsoft, are promising to centralize developer resources.

The ambitious idea is to create a single site - Web Platform Docs - which will act as a wiki for  current, cross-browser and cross-device coding best practices.

There will be information on how to use each feature of the Open Web Platform, with syntax and examples; on 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, and all materials on the site will be freely available, though it's stewarded by  Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia and Opera.

"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," says Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium.

"Web Platform Docs is an ambitious project where all of us who are passionate about the web can share knowledge and help one another."

Right now, there's almost no centralization of resources, with programming resources scattered amongst the sites of individual vendors. That wasn't too much of a problem, says the group, when the web was just simple HTML, basic CSS, and maybe a little JavaScript, but it's causing headaches now.

"WebPlatform.org will have accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive references and tutorials for every part of client-side development and design, with quirks and bugs revealed and explained," says the group.

"It will have in-depth indicators of browser support and interoperability, with links to tests for specific features. It will feature discussions and script libraries for cutting-edge features at various states of implementation or standardization, with the opportunity to give feedback into the process before the features are locked down."

Users will also be able to experiment with and share code snippets, examples, and solutions, and an will give access to structured information for easy reuse.

Right now, though, we're looking at an alpha release only, which consisits of a wiki, along with a chat channel, Q&A forums and a blog.