In some ways, the Web is like the lawless Wild West that you see in movies and television. There are no rules or standards for how things operate. Some organizations like W3C have tried to bring some form of order to the Web, but there’s not been a huge concentrated effort on the part of Web companies to standardize the Web. That all changes today.
Google, Apple, Facebook and others have announced the immediate availability of Web Platform Docs. It’s only an alpha release for now, but its intentions are nothing short of grandiose. Google says that Web Platform Docs will be a “community-driven site that aims to become the comprehensive and authoritative source for web developer documentation.”
The first release today is comprised of submissions from the Web Platform Stewards. These are the large companies that have contributed code, tutorials and more to help people create the future of the Web across all browsers. W3C started the site, but other parties like Facebook, HP and Nokia have submitted content for this first release.
Web Platform Docs is hoping to put the future of Web development in the hands of those who are in the digital trenches day in and day out. These are the people who are constantly innovating the Web and Web Platform Docs gives them a voice to share their knowledge with those who may be just starting or are stuck on a particularly devious bit of code.
The Web is a pretty wild place, and it will never be fully tamed. Web Platform Docs will hopefully cut down on a number of compatibility and formatting errors that still plague the Web. It may even get more people involved in Web development which can only be a good thing.