Web Standards Doc Sprint — Finis!

For the past three days, a small group of Mozillians met in Paris and, instead of enjoying the beautiful warm weather, insanely stayed inside and wrote documentation on web standards for the Mozilla Developer Network. We worked in the Mozilla Paris office on Saturday and Sunday, and then on Monday moved to La Cantine, around the corner, so the staff could use the office. We also enjoyed some long, relaxed French lunches and dinners and saw a bit of the city, but mostly we wrote docs.

“Action” shot of MDN doc sprint contributors (L-R: Jean-Yves Perrier, Florian Scholz, Eric Shepherd, Paul Rouget, Sebastian Perez Vasseur, Janet Swisher. Missing: David Bruant).

Here’s what we accomplished:

It takes a special kind of person to set aside a weekend when they could be having other kinds of fun or maintaining a personal life, to devote to writing technical documentation. The documentation that was written this weekend moves MDN further towards the goal of being a comprehensive, usable, and accurate resource for everyone developing for the Open Web. Many thanks once again to the volunteer contributors, as well as to the Mozilla Paris staff who welcomed us and facilitated our visit.

For a final taste of life in France, we will now attempt to travel during a French transit strike.

About Janet Swisher

Janet is the Community Lead and Project Manager for MDN Web Docs. She joined Mozilla in 2010, and has been involved in open source software since 2004 and in technical communication since the 20th century. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and a standard poodle.

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  1. Sarah Maddox

    Congratulations Janet and all the sprinters. It looks like all that dedication and sacrifice had resulted in some great new docs. I hope the strike-bound travelling went OK too.
    Cheers, Sarah

    October 11th, 2010 at 13:00

  2. AG

    Reminds me of the quote from Antitrust (ironic?!) movie, “Human knowledge belongs to the world.”
    And you are the guys who make it possible for the world (us folks) to have this knowledge.
    Thanks a bunch!
    *bows down*

    October 11th, 2010 at 22:35

  3. pd

    Thank you to all. Documentation is critical yet can be boring to write. Thanks for the sacrifice.

    October 12th, 2010 at 06:50

  4. Crash

    Love to see how many of the pages I created involve every day. Thanks to you all. :)

    October 12th, 2010 at 14:51

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