This is the first in a series of posts about new or recently improved content on MDN. This series will alternate with Wiki Wednesday posts, which will switch to every other week.
The purpose of this series is to highlight articles that have changed recently, as well as to recognize the contributors who did the work. This doesn’t include every change, just “significant” ones. Future posts may be a bit shorter, as they’ll cover only the two weeks since the previous “state of the docs” post.
Web standards docs
Jean-Yves Perrier documented the <bdi> element. It allows inserting spans of text with unknown directionality, like text coming out of a database, in the middle of text with a known fixed directionality. He also updated the CSS unicode-bidi property to describe the two new values:
plaintext, which are used to implement correctly bi-directionality for each HTML element (including, but not only, <bdi>, <bdo>, <pre> and <textarea>).
Jean-Yves rewrote the docs for the CSS property text-overflow, to account for the new extended two-value syntax and the new allowed string values, as well as adding new examples.
Paul Irish made a rash of updates:
Kevin Lim continues to improve the IndexedDB docs:
- Added code examples to IDBEnvironment and IDBIndex.
- Updated IDBCount.
- Added prefix-handling code to several code examples.
- Beefed up basic concepts and best practices in IDBDatabase, IDBTransaction, and IDBIndex.
fusionchess added a code example to Using files from web applications.
Aaron Leventhal updated the ARIA page with lots of doc and resource links, and wrote new articles on:
- live regions
- how to file ARIA-related bugs
- alerts for accessible forms
- multipart labels for forms
- ARIA widgets
If you’re interested in ARIA and accessibility, please help out with these docs. If you’re not an expert, you can help identify where there are gaps, or things that don’t make sense. Accessibility geeks might also be interested in the free-aria Google Group.
- Initial documentation for the <frame> and <frameset> HTML elements, by avsaro.
- SVG as an image by Dholbert.
- Responsive Web design, by Janet Swisher; if you know of good resources that are not listed there, please add them.
- Scaling of SVG backgrounds and Drawing DOM objects into a canvas, by Eric Shepherd.
Want to write an article on CSS positioning? That is, how positioning properties for margins, padding, etc. work together. MDN does not have this topic covered yet. Or, if you’ve already written such an article, would you be willing to contribute it to MDN under a CC-BY-SA license?
Henri Sivonen wrote about HTML parser threading in Gecko.
Tom Schuster added to the SpiderMonkey JS API reference for:
Firefox 8 was released on November 8, and Firefox 8 for developers is complete except for a few lower-priority items.
decoder created an article on Testing with Linux on ARM architecture using QEMU.
Jorge Villalobos updated several pages of the XUL School tutorial.
Eric Shepherd created an article for the Mozilla Developer Guide on Getting documentation updated.
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.