A new project backed by some heavy industry hitters is aiming to be a one-stop shop for all things related to web standards. The site, called Web Platform Docs, launched yesterday in alpha form consisting of a blog, a chat interface, a wiki and a community forum.
The site’s inaugural blog post says they want to be the destination for developers to find answers to their trickiest (and simplest) development and design questions about the Open Web Platform. Those behind the project point out that there have been some great resources for web developers over the years but because the landscape changes so rapidly, most sites aren’t able to keep pace or die off altogether.
Sites that are still around and updated frequently – the Mozilla Developer Network, the Opera Developer Network and Microsoft’s developer site, just to name a few – are still great resources but as Webmonkey points out, wasting time searching Google for relevant web code isn’t exactly how one would want to spend their time.
Web Platform Docs will have accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive references and tutorials that are said to cover every aspect of client-side development and design. The project creators even foresee developers discussing new standards before they have been fully decided upon.
The project is being led by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards body and has already gained support from Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and Nokia. As mentioned above, the site is still in alpha form but the group decided to launch it as soon as possible in the spirit of “release early, release often.”