The new community-driven site CSS Advisor was quietly launched this morning as a public beta, and although most people get what it’s for pretty quickly there have been a few who haven’t. So I’ll take a quick poke at a mini-FAQ of sorts here…
Q) What’s the purpose of the CSS Advisor? Is it a wiki?
A) A centralized site where the web design community can help surface best practices, bugs and snafus, and other good snippets ‘o wisdom regarding CSS design and development. It’s similar to a wiki, yes- in that the public can submit new articles/posts (and both rate and comment upon them), and selected editors from the community can help us keep the content fresh.
Q) There’s a lot of other sites devoted to CSS design, why CSS Advisor?
A) First, CSS Advisor isn’t a replacement for all the great CSS resources out on the web today – from the CSS-D wiki to positioniseverything.net and quirksmode.org, and so on – if anything it’s a complement to these sites, helping to index and collect all the great sources of wisdom available today. Also, Adobe plans to link out to CSS Advisor from our products down the road – and it was necessary to have a consistent way to do that on the website end. Hosting it here helps that goal, of course. But the content and focus of CSS Advisor is yours- Adobe’s just providing the server and storage.
Q) How can I get involved?
A) Have you pulled your hair out over a CSS rendering bug? Or worked around a nit-picky positioning error in Safari? Post about it on the CSS Advisor site and share that knowledge with the rest of the design community. Did you find an article elsewhere online that helped you out and you’d like to share? Come and link to it on the CSS Advisor site (or ask the author to!), so we can make sure that folks looking here find the great articles you may have written over there.
If you’re really hardcore about your documentation and contribute a lot to the content on the site, we may ask you to be a site editor- and help directly contribute to keeping the content fresh. Again, we want this to be a resource for the design community and kept sane and honest BY the design community. Tell us how you’d like to use the site!
Q) What’s the catch? What’s in it for me?
A) We’d hope that the CSS Advisor site grows into a strong resource for CSS design issues and solutions, and helps you find solutions to your problems faster and more directly. And since sharing with the community is always good karma, it won’t hurt your reputation much, either. ;-)
Seriously, though- the site will only be as good as we all collectively make it, and the only way to get started is to roll up your sleeves and get started. That simple answer you found last week may be a godsend to the right frustrated designer somewhere, so share!
If you’ve got any other questions, by all means post them here as a comment, or on the CSS Advisor feedback forum. The floor’s yours. What do you want to say?