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Opera joins the W3C web platform

Opera Software has joined forces with a number of other major technology companies — Adobe, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and Nokia — to create a new, authoritative open web standards documentation site called Web Platform Docs, available at webplatform.org.

The Web Platform Docs addresses the problem of finding a single source of accurate, quality information on all the latest HTML5, CSS3 and other standards features across the multitude of available web-based resources.

The site provides detailed documentation on the many technologies used in web development, best practices for using these technologies, and the status of their relative standardization and cross-browser implementation.

While the site is a wiki, it has funding and staff on hand to monitor and maintain its content, which means that the information it contains will remain accurate and up to date. All materials on Web Platform Docs are freely available and licensed under creative commons, to foster knowledge sharing and reuse.

“We have needed a site like Web Platform Docs for years,” says Lars Erik Bolstad, VP Core Technology, at Opera Software. “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.”

The W3C will serve as the site’s curator, and all involved are hoping that the entire web community will come forward to help maintain and improve the content. In future releases, Web Platform Docs will be expanded to -- providing coding tools, resources for educators to use to teach web-related courses and more.

Chris Mills, Opera web evangelist and dev.opera.com managing editor has had a major part in developing the site’s content, but is adamant that the site should be seen as a community effort. “We don’t want this to come across as the giants of the web telling everyone else what to do,” he says. “It’s your site — it’s a wiki, so anyone can add to it and improve existing content.”

Check out the Web Platform Docs here: webplatform.org

 

About Opera Software ASA

The worldwide World Wide Web — any device, any platform, any bandwidth, absolutely anywhere in the world. Opera Software was founded in 1994, based on the idea that access to the web should be a universal right. 275 million people (and counting) use the Opera web browsers for computers, mobile phones, TVs and other connected devices. Opera also delivers tools, distribution, engagement, monetization and market insights to developers, publishers and brands around the world. We are passionate about breaking down barriers, so everyone can share in the power of the internet. Our vision of one web for all remains at the heart of what we do, because we believe that participation changes everything. Opera Software ASA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. ‘Opera’, ‘Opera Software’, ‘Opera Mini’ and the ‘O’ logo are trademarks of Opera Software ASA. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

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