With help from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Nokia, Adobe, HP, Opera Software and the Mozilla Foundation, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has launched a new website devoted to compiling up-to-date information about Web standards. Called WebPlatform.org, the site “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. It will have in-depth indicators of browser support and inter-operability, 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. It will have features to let you experiment with and share code snippets, examples and solutions. It will have an API to access the structured information for easy reuse. It will have resources for teachers to help them train their students with critical skills. It will have information you just can’t get anywhere else, and it will have it all in one place.”
While the site’s goals are grand, at this point, WebPlatform.org isn’t nearly that comprehensive. Currently, it’s little more than a framework populated with data from the tech firms that helped create the site. However, users are invited to get involved in editing the wiki and participating in the forums to help the site become the resource it was intended to be.