By Craig Buckler

Browser Vendors Join Forces on HTML5 Documentation

By Craig Buckler

Without wanting to blow our own trumpet too hard, the SitePoint network provides thousands of pages of web development resources. But the web moves forward too rapidly to document everything. It’s frustrating to type the name of some new HTML5 API into Google only to be faced with a six year-old W3Schools article (no offense W3Schools, but your SEO success often surpasses the subject matter!)

Vendors such as Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple offer some great information, it’s usually biased toward their own browser’s features. The W3C specifications are impartial, but more aimed at browser builders than web developers. So you normally end up using snippets from half a dozen places because there’s no single documentation repository.

Until now.

webplatform.orgIn an amazing show of solidarity, Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, Opera and the W3C have joined forces to create; a definitive, community-driven library of web developer resources.

Tim Berners-Lee:

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.

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

The wiki-based site is an early alpha release which is only available in English, but you’ll find information about HTML5, CSS3, animation, media queries, audio, video, canvas, SVG and more.

As well as the documentation, there are tutorials, a blog and Q&A section where you can ask and respond to questions from other members.

It’s early days for The content is not as complete as other resources and the system is a little buggy but, assuming the stewards pull their weight, it could become a great guide for web developers.

Have you signed-up to Can the contributing vendors disregard their own interests for the good of the web?

  • Patrick

    Awesome. The lack of any decent “official” documentation of HTML5 and CSS3 has always been annoying. I guess we’ll see how this plays out, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

  • Zac

    It’s nice to see all of these companies set aside their differences for the better good of the Web Development Community.

    • Kris

      na, it’s not.

      Microsoft will specially do documentation for IE7,8,9 bugs and browser-hacking. People are more trouble with those thing in the context of Micro$oft.

      • Well, actually, all the vendors document their bugs. I don’t think we’ll see that at, but I hope it will eventually document which browsers support a technology.

  • Q.E.D.

    You know, I have to mention it, their site breaks in IE8. It kind of shoots a hole in their motto: “We are an open community of developers building resources for a better web, regardless of brand, browser or platform.” Guess they haven’t heard of progressive enhancement. Craig, you could teach them a thing or two.

    • You’re right. It’s mainly the SVG logo causing issues though – that’s a 2-minute fix with a PNG fallback.

  • Keep going with html5.

  • I just hope it means they’ll all implement (current and) future code faster. If just we could use new technology instead of having to wait around for two years for browser support, and then still have to use browser-specific code.

  • Daniel

    Well the whole thing of working on compatibility should really go and should have gone a long time ago.
    It is a good step forward to creative and informative websites with hopefully, less time on compatibility technical details.

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