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October 09, 2012

The Making of Web Platform Docs: A One-Stop Shop for All Web Design Tips, Best Practices

By David Gitonga, TMCnet Contributing Writer

In bid to create a new authoritative and comprehensive open Web standards documentation site dubbed Web Platform Docs, Opera Software has collaborated with a number of other major technology companies such as Adobe, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla (News - Alert) and Nokia. The platform will address the issue of finding a single source of accurate high-quality information on the latest HTML5, CSS3 and other standard features spread out in multiple Web-based resources.

In the site will be details on the many technological approaches to Web development and pointers to the best practices for utilizing these technologies. Additionally, it provides information about their relative standardization and cross browser implementation, which any seasoned Web designer can pinpoint as the key sources of troubles when implementing a design.

Even though the site is a wiki, it still features funding needs and a staff at hand to monitor and maintain content ensuring that information in the database remains accurate and updated. The material in the site will however be freely available and licensed under creative commons, boosting knowledge sharing and reuse.

Most of the content is directly or indirectly linked to Chris Mills, an Opera Web enthusiast and managing editor. However, he is of the opinion that the site and its content passes as a common product of the entire Web design fraternity. He said, “We don’t want this to come across as the giants of the web telling everyone else what to do, it’s a wiki, so anyone can add to it and improve existing content.”

Web Platform Docs is a timely savior in the dynamic and murky waters of web designing bogged by cross-browser compatibility issues among other simple yet stubborn bugs. The collection of essential knowledge needed in battling these emergent problems into one portal will save a lot of time and save programmers from backaches and unwarranted stress.

The highly reputable W3C will act as the sites keeper, managing the contributions of all thoe interested in adding information to the site’s databases or getting solution guidelines from what is already there. Future plans are aimed at expanding Web Platform Docs to give coding tools and resources to educators thus enhancing web-related course teaching and more.


Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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