Google today announced it has revamped the Chromium Web Platform Feature Dashboard, which is used to track new feature development within Blink, to better illustrate what specifications other browser vendors are backing. While the tool has been valuable for the company so far, now it is looking to make it easier to use for everyone.

In this way, the company hopes “to encourage transparency and to consolidate web platform feature tracking.” While the former is definitely possible, the consolidation is unlikely as Google is only adding features that it wants to add to Blink, meaning there is a big potential for leaving out what other browser vendors are adding but Google is not.

chromium dashboard 730x441 Google revamps its Chromium Dashboard to track if browser vendors are supporting upcoming Blink features

As you can see, each feature shows the following details:

  • A short description and owner email address.
  • Implementation status in Chromium.
  • Progress through the standards process.
  • Our understanding of the opinion of other browser vendors.

Furthermore, each entry is color coded as different shades of red, yellow, or green based on how likely it is that the feature will ship in other browsers. If a feature is completely green, the specification is considered to be stable and publicly endorsed by other browser vendors.

“As web developers, it’s important to stay up to date about the evolution of the web,” Eric Bidelman, Google’s Developer Programs Engineer and Web Platform Correspondent, said in a statement. “In general, we like to see a lot of green because it indicates that we’re minimizing compatibility risk and preserving the interoperability that makes the web platform so powerful.”

Bidelman also says this is the first iteration of the new version, and Google is planning to explore different ways of exposing the data. The code is available on Github and the company is recruiting help with both content curation and coding.

See also – Chrome 28 arrives with Blink, rich notifications for apps and extensions on Windows; Mac and Linux coming soon and Opera confirms it will follow Google and ditch WebKit for Blink, as part of its commitment to Chromium

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