Why Are These Tech Foes Teaming Up?

Several companies, including Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) have joined forces to create a “definitive resource” for open web technologies that will act as a single source of relevant information on the subject.

The website, webplatform.com, exists as a Wiki and allows employees from all member companies to contribute, though the funded project has a dedicated team ensuring its maintenance. The site offers space for discussion on the latest HTML5, CSS3, and other web standards, including tips on web development and best practices, TheNextWeb said.

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According to the World Wide Web Consortium, the website will also display the status of a particular technology’s standardization and cross-browser implementation, while users will be able to interact through forums. All documents will be posted under a creative commons license.

“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,” World Wide Web Consortium director Tim Berners-Lee said in a statement. “Web Platform Docs is an ambitious project where all of us who are passionate about the web can share knowledge and help one another.”

Other companies that are part of the initiative include Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Mozilla, Nokia (NYSE:NOK), and Opera.

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