Facebook Teams Up With Google, Microsoft, Others To Create WebPlatform.org, A Developer Support Hub

By Justin Lafferty 

Facebook may have a tricky relationship with HTML5, but it still wants developers all over the Web to learn how to use it efficiently. The social network recently partnered with Web giants such as Microsoft, Google, and Adobe to form WebPlatform.org — a one-stop shop for information and support regarding HTML5, CSS, Canvas, and several other platforms.

WebPlatform.org is a partnership between several major Internet players: W3C, Adobe, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Opera, and the Mozilla Foundation. The site serves as a wiki for HTML5, CSS, Canvas, WebGL, and SVG, as well as transforms, video, audio, animations, media queries, indexedDB, and file API.

WebPlatform.org aims to take information from all over the Internet and bring it into one place.

A blog post announced WebPlatform.org’s intentions:

For years, Web developers have had to rely on multiple sites to help them learn Web programming or design, each with one piece of the puzzle. Great sites appear, covering one or two subjects, but too often fail to keep up with the rapid pace of changes to the Web platform. This may have been good enough when the Web was just simple HTML, basic CSS, and maybe a little JavaScript, but that was a long time ago. Today’s Web is more than just documents, it’s applications and multimedia, and it’s changing at a breakneck pace.

WebPlatform.org 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 interoperability, 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.

Readers: Are you happy that all this information and support is now consolidated?