State of the Docs, March 30, 2012

This post got stuck in Drafts without getting published. Publishing now for the record.

Tristan Nitot wrote a blog post describing how MDN does documentation the Mozilla way. It also gives a good summary of ways that you can help out.

Upcoming events

Plans are proceeding for the next MDN documentation sprint, April 27 to 29. The first day (Friday) will be the Mozilla office in Mountain View, California, and the weekend days will be in the San Francisco office. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, and you’d like to join us on any of those days, you’re definitely welcome. Just contact me to let me know. If you’re located elsewhere, you’re welcome to join us remotely.

Work is proceeding apace on Kuma, the new wiki platform that our splendid WebDev team is creating for MDN. We will be holding a test day on Friday, April 20, to bang on it on a staging server. If you’re a regular writer, editor, or localizer on MDN, we’d appreciate your help. Details about that event are forthcoming.

Doc updates

Here is a sampling of doc changes that have been made in the past couple of weeks.

Web standards docs

Mozilla technology docs

Mozilla project docs

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. Dannii

    Wikipedia doesn’t allow any original research; is it the same for MDN? I’m thinking specifically of adding a technique I use to a Using … page, but I don’t know of anyone else on the net who has used it.

    April 20th, 2012 at 07:06

  2. Janet Swisher

    MDN doesn’t have a policy against original content. However, don’t be shocked if someone modifies what you post (it’s a wiki, after all). You can find style guidelines and links to other meta-content in the MDN Writer’s guide.

    April 20th, 2012 at 08:03

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