Poor WebDevout. All that time and effort into resource sites like that and Google comes along with Google Doctype - with an aim to be the definitive, community-driven source for all documentation about the open web development. As long as the "open web" doesn't include things like XHTML or SVG or SMIL, that is. Oh, and as long as you don't care about the Opera web browser.

It will be interesting to see how the web development community at large reacts to this - I'm guessing mostly positive (as opposed to the backlash I saw regarding Google Knol). I like the test-driven aspect, but since all the pages are text/html, this makes it problematic for some of the technologies that I care about. It will be interesting to see how the project evolves over time as more technologies graduate and make it into Google's view of the 'open web' stack (perhaps when those technologies shed some Draconian pounds). For now, I'll just hope that SVG makes its way back into HTML5...

Anyway, congratulations to Mark Pilgrim for giving it its legs and pushing it out the door.

§460 · May 14, 2008 · Google, Software, Technology, Web · Tags: , · [Print]

2 Comments to “Hello Google DocType, Goodbye WebDevout”

  1. FataL says:

    Google Doctype is just another good illustration to “Stop using Ajax!” article ( http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/stop-using-ajax/ ).

    It’s new kind of stupidity — to make simple documentation unreadable w/o JavaScript and be so browser dependent.

    Google wants standards? Don’t make me laught! Their pages about standarts don’t even validate, I even don’t want to mention accessibility here.

    There are many places with good, useful and accessible documentation.

  2. FataL says:

    I was wrong about Google Doctype w/o JavaScript. Actually it works — you can browse and read.