Announcing Web Platform Docs

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Alpha release of community resource for developers and designers who use open web standards


Testimonials from Stewards —8 October 2012— W3C, in collaboration with Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, Opera, and others, announces today the alpha release of Web Platform Docs ( is a new community-driven site that aims to become a comprehensive and authoritative source for web developer documentation.

Web Platform Docs

In the past, developers who use HTML5, CSS and other technologies of the Open Web Platform have had to consult multiple sites to understand how to use these technologies in a way that works across browsers, operating systems and devices. This was time-consuming and in many cases increased development costs.

With Web Platform Docs, web professionals will save time and resources by consulting with confidence a single site for current, cross-browser and cross-device coding best practices, including:

  • How to use each feature of the Open Web Platform, with syntax and examples;
  • The interoperability of various technologies across platforms and devices;
  • The standardization status of each technology specification;
  • The stability and implementation status of features.

Anyone can contribute content to Web Platform Docs. The organizations above - collectively known as the stewards - have launched this new site with initial documents contributed as raw material for the community to shape. The W3C will serve as the site’s convener. As the Open Web Platform evolves, the entire community, including the original stewards and new stewards, will help maintain and improve the content. All materials on the site will be freely available and licensed to foster sharing and reuse.

"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," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. "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 W3C and the stewards envision as the home of future collaboration with developers and designers. Those interested in contributing to this effort as a steward or as an editor can visit

About the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 375 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see

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Testimonials for "Announcing Web Platform Docs"

Adobe · Facebook · Google · HP · Microsoft · Mozilla · Nokia · Opera


The web platform has become the medium of creative expression for web developers and designers, and it continues to evolve and to become ever more expressive. Having a reliable source of information for modern, up to date best practices is a huge time saver for creative professionals and will allow them to focus on what they do best: creating. Adobe is proud to participate in this effort to bring together the resources that will benefit the entire community of people passionate about the web.

Arno Gourdol, Senior Director for the Web Platform for Adobe


A community-driven documentation center that spawns the entire open Web platform is a needed and welcome resource for developers. Facebook is proud to contribute to this initiative and we are are looking forward to see where the community takes it.

Tobie Langel, W3C Advisory Committee Representative, Facebook


Google has always believed that an open, standards-based community is best suited to drive the web forward. We support Web Platform Docs because it builds upon the long tradition of cooperation that has helped make the web what it is today. It's one step forward for the web and a huge step forward for web developers.

Linus Upson, VP Engineering, Google


As a founding steward of Web Platform Docs, we appreciate the importance of standards, understand the frustration of dealing with non-standard features and the challenges in practical implementation of standards into products. We see great value in enabling developers with a place they can document how web technologies work in practical terms and are pleased to be supporting this initiative by providing infrastructure on HP Cloud for

James R. Bell, Director of Industry Standards, HP


Microsoft fully supports the launch of W3C Web Platform Docs as a place where members of the web community can easily access resources, collaborate on ideas and share knowledge. By committing more than 3,200 topics, we understand the value of collectively building a strong future for what’s next in web development, furthering the goal of web platform interoperability and same markup.

Jean Paoli, President, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.


We are excited about the Web Platform Docs project because it aligns with Mozilla’s mission to promote openness and innovation on the web. By involving the broader web community as well as organizations, we can help make sure more developers have access to up-to-date, comprehensive and practical information.

Stormy Peters, Director of Websites and Developer Engagement, Mozilla


Nokia is pleased to be a Founding Steward of the W3C's "Web Platform Docs" activity. Web Platform Docs provides a unique Web site for web professionals to save time and resources by consulting a single site for current, cross-browser and cross-device coding best practices. Nokia supports commonly used Web standards, and has shipped hundreds of millions of devices supporting various Open Web standards. With a strong foundation of documentation oriented towards Web authors and developers, we believe Web developers can build solid mobile Web experiences for the next billion mobile consumers.

Timo Ali-Vehmas, VP, Compatibility and Industry Collaboration, Nokia


We have needed a site like Web Platform Docs for years. Web developers often struggle to find decent information on all the newest technologies that they need to know about; having a single site to turn to that they can trust will save them a lot of time.

Lars Erik Bolstad, VP Core Technology, Opera Software

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