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Apple, Microsoft, Google, Others Join Hands To Form 138

hypnosec writes "Apple, Adobe, Google, HP, Microsoft and many others have joined forces and launched a new resource – the Web Platform in a bid to create a 'definitive resource' for all open Web technologies. The companies have come together to provide developers with a single source of all the latest information about HTML5, CSS3, WebGL, SVG and other Web standards. The platform will also offer tips and best practices on web development as well as web technologies. 'We are an open community of developers building resources for a better web, regardless of brand, browser or platform,' notes the WebPlatform site."
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Apple, Microsoft, Google, Others Join Hands To Form

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  • Uh huh... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by undeadbill ( 2490070 ) on Monday October 08, 2012 @04:55PM (#41590261)

    I'll believe that when I see their products running under Free or Open BSD. Unless "any" is really a very narrow definition of specific Linux Distros, MS Windows, and OS X.

  • Re:huh (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Desler ( 1608317 ) on Monday October 08, 2012 @05:03PM (#41590331)

    Really? A brand new website is not as comprehensive as one that has been around for 13 years? Shocking!!

  • I can't tell whether it's malice or incompetence. Is it likely that the developers of web browsers bundled with operating systems are leaving certain APIs unimplemented on purpose to encourage the development of OS-specific native apps? I'm talking about SNI, HTML5 offline manifests (with a quota suitable for video), HTML5 local storage (also with a quota suitable for video), WebGL, the video element with the WebM codec, the file API, and getUserMedia. Web apps won't replace native apps until web developers can rely on most of these.
  • by jb_nizet ( 98713 ) on Monday October 08, 2012 @05:34PM (#41590639)

    Underline the damn links (which are one of the main reasons why the web was invented). Undecorated links, using a color which is very close to the normal text color, makes them indistinguishible from normal text for even lightly color-blind people like me, and like 10% of the male population.

  • by ninetyninebottles ( 2174630 ) on Monday October 08, 2012 @05:58PM (#41590857)

    Not that they haven't contributed (some more than others) to open source projects, but ... why exactly do we need the corporate technical powerhouses to create a definitive resource on open technologies?

    Because together those companies create much of the software and hardware that is interpreting open web protocols and formats. This is hopefully a step towards recognizing that proprietary technologies that only work on one vendor's platform are detrimental rather than beneficial for lock in. Maybe the next time you notice browser C is interpreting that HTML tag differently than everyone else there will be a place to point to that the maker of browser C has their name up as a collaborator.

  • Re:Uh huh... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by HarrySquatter ( 1698416 ) on Monday October 08, 2012 @06:03PM (#41590921)

    Which some people are perfectly fine with. Isn't it better that these companies use mature, well-debugged BSD code rather than rolling their own shit that is usually many times worse because they were going to avoid the GPL anyway?

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