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Re: Proposal for updating links on webplatform.org

From: Chris Mills <cmills@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:13:45 +0000
Cc: public-webplatform@w3.org
Message-Id: <0CFC3242-1BD5-4E40-8F08-19110F4C081E@opera.com>
To: Suresh Chitturi <schitturi@rim.com>
Great suggestion Suresh - change made.

Chris Mills
Opera Software, dev.opera.com
W3C Fellow, web education and webplatform.org
Author of "Practical CSS3: Develop and Design" (http://goo.gl/AKf9M)

On 11 Dec 2012, at 17:07, Suresh Chitturi <schitturi@rim.com> wrote:

> Looks very good.
> 
> Just one comment under "What is Webplatform.org"
> 
> Change:
> 
> "It was founded by several stewards, including Opera, Mozilla, Google, the W3C, Microsoft, Adobe, HP, Nokia and Facebook, with the aim of ...."
> 
> To:
> 
> "It is supported by several Stewards, with the aim of ...." (point "Stewards" to the Stewards page)
> 
> Rationale:
> Since this section is intended to merely describe "What is Webplatform.org" the steward list may be more appropriate in the other sections. Alternatively, a pointer to Stewards page makes it future proof (in the event more stewards join).
> 
> 
> Suresh Chitturi
> Research In Motion Corporation
> 
> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Chris Mills [mailto:cmills@opera.com]
>> Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 9:03 AM
>> To: Jonathan Garbee
>> Cc: public-webplatform@w3.org
>> Subject: Re: Proposal for updating links on webplatform.org
>> 
>> I've had a go at drafting some text for the proposed "About" page. Is the kind
>> of thing we want?
>> 
>> What is Webplatform.org?
>> 
>> Webplatform.org is a community-driven documentation site mainly focused
>> on client-side web technologies. It was founded by several stewards,
>> including Opera, Mozilla, Google, the W3C, Microsoft, Adobe, HP, Nokia and
>> Facebook, with the aim of creating a definitive resource for web developers
>> and designers to find all the information they need to do their job. The main
>> part of the site is a wiki containing tutorials, concept articles and reference
>> docs, but we also have a Q&A section, blog, and IRC chat, and we are aiming to
>> expand out capabilities in the future to include live code examples, resources
>> for educators, and more.
>> 
>> How the site was created
>> 
>> About a year ago, a small group - including people of W3C, Opera, Microsoft,
>> Mozilla, Google and others - started talking about a new documentation
>> project for information covering open web standards. Yes, there are lots of
>> documentation sites already available, but some of them are low quality, out-
>> of-date, or both. Some have great information about some subjects, but not
>> others. And generally it takes web developers a lot of time to find all the
>> information they want. It would be great for all the information providers to
>> get together and produce one authoritative resource to tell web designers
>> and developers all the information they need to know to do their job.
>> 
>> The idea was very warmly received by all parties involved, and so we all
>> started solving problems together, working out an infrastructure for the
>> project that would scale well and handle lots of different contributors,
>> working out marketing and business plans, and putting together a large list of
>> content from different resources - such as HTML5 rocks, MSDN, MDN and
>> Opera's web standards curriculum - that would act as seed content to get the
>> project started.
>> 
>> Webplatform.org philosophy
>> 
>> Ideally, we want this to be an ever-evolving project controlled and written by
>> the community, rather than a bunch of big name vendors telling everyone
>> what to do. The stewards are just there to provide structure and funding. We
>> want everyone involved in the web community to feel they have to right to
>> contribute new material and improve existing articles. It's your web,
>> documented your way.
>> 
>> 
>> On 11 Dec 2012, at 09:49, Chris Mills <cmills@opera.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On 7 Dec 2012, at 12:28, Jonathan Garbee <jonathan@garbee.me> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Well, there should be an "about" page [1] since that issue has been sitting
>> for quite a while.  That should be the "philosophy" if there is to be a page for
>> it.
>>> 
>>> So, adding an "About/philosophy" page to the site, and changing one of the
>> links in the main navigation to "About" - yup, I think this is definitely a good
>> idea.
>>> 
>>> I am happy to draft this. What do we need on there?
>>> 
>>> 1. More detail about what webplatform is 2. Why the site was created
>>> 3. Philosophy behind it
>>> 
>>> Anything else?
>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> The more link also needs to go [2] since it is a UX nightmare. There is no
>> reason to have multiple links go to the same area in the same nav menu with
>> different names. Should it ever have a different name in any navigation item?
>>> 
>>> Sorry - I read the bug, but I don't know what other page you are suggesting
>> adding here - it is as if a part of the explanation on the bug is missing? Can you
>> elaborate on this second point?
>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> I also don't think we need a link to the stewards in the main navigation..
>> There is a block of text lower down in the page going to the stewards page
>> and then the footer logos on every page.
>>> 
>>> Yeah, I agree really - I was just throwing it out there as another idea. But
>> your reaction confirms it in my mind as a bad idea.
>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> [1] https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=19410
>>>> [2] https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=19557
>>> 
>> 
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