The Mozilla Foundation, best known for its Firefox internet browser, has launched a web learning initiative aimed at teaching average users the basics of internet authoring and development.
Webmaker is a dynamic programme that endeavours to "help millions of people move from using the web to making the web," according to the company’s website.
It features a range of tools, interactive projects and a community element to empower ordinary internet users who wish to learn more about how the web works and improve their literacy in general.
Mozilla’s Executive Diretor, Mark Surman, believes Webmaker is an example of the non-profit organisation’s ongoing commitment to learning.
"The web is becoming the world’s second language, and a vital 21st century skill as important as reading, writing, and a arithmetic," he says.
"It’s crucial that we give people the skills they need to understand, shape, and actively participate in that world, instead of just passively consuming it," he adds.
The tool package features three principle elements: Popcorn to enhance online video content, Hackasaurus to enable webpage customisation, and Thimble, which will aid web page design.
Projects offer a range of starter recipes, how-tos, and tutorials, showing internet users a variety of practical skills from how to upgrade and optimise blog templates to ways to build their own apps.
The community element encourages users of the programme to organise meet-ups like skill sharing sessions, hack jams, and social events, both online and in the material world.