MDN virtual doc sprint, Nov. 30 to Dec. 1

MDN is your Web Developer Toolbox for docs, demos and more on HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other Web standards and open technologies. It has been most of a year since we’ve held a virtual doc sprint for Mozilla Developer Network. (The last one was in January 2012.) A lot has happened in that time, most significantly, the switch to the new Kuma platform, and the steady addition of features to Kuma since its launch. So, let’s round out the year with one more sprint. (For those who don’t know what a doc sprint is, it’s a short period when we have a concentrated effort by a number of people to improve the documentation on MDN.)

You don’t have to write whole new articles (though that’s fantastic). You can also update existing articles, or add browser compatibility info. Many articles are tagged as needing help. MDN doc sprints usually focus on docs for Web standards, since that’s fairly easy for Web developers to contribute to. But you’re also welcome to help with docs for new Mozilla technologies, like Firefox OS, Open Web Apps, or Persona; or help document the Mozilla project, such as building, testing, or localizing Mozilla code.

In fact, you can even write code instead of text! Now that MDN supports live examples, we need to either adapt existing code examples to be live, or create new ones.

You can participate from wherever you are, whenever is convenient for you. The sprint runs Friday to Saturday (or Saturday to Sunday for those in Asia-Pacific time zones), so jump in any time during that span. Track this and other MDN-related events on the MDN Community calendar.

We use the #devmo channel on to coordinate. We’ll also have an optional Google hangout, for those who want to watch one another type on their keyboards :-) See the planning page on the wiki to read further details and share your ideas.

Get some Mozilla gear

Make a non-trivial contribution during the sprint, and you can get a t-shirt (or other gear if you don’t want a t-shirt). Honestly, non-trivial means “not much more than trivial.”

Other doc sprints

Our friends over at Web Platform Docs have also adopted the doc sprint model as a great way to get loads of work done in a short time. Earlier this month, Web Platform Docs held its first doc sprint, hosted by Adobe, which was very successful, with over 50 participants making over 800 changes to the site.

The next doc sprint for Web Platform Docs is coming up on December 12, hosted by Google, which you can attend in person if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, or online otherwise. If you’re curious about contributing to WPD, this would be a great time to try it out.

Whichever sprint you join in, you’ll be helping make the Web more awesome for Web developers!


  1. Brian Di Palma

    I’ve been trying to clean up the Firefox build pages – as I think this is important to get right, the easier people get a build up and running the quicker they can contribute.

    I would suggest someone making some youtube videos showing how to get Firefox built on your machine and maybe explaining how they can pick up where the code is (following bugzilla and IRC etc).

    November 19th, 2012 at 14:14

    1. Janet Swisher

      Great idea! Definitely something that could be worked on during the sprint. Adding it to the wiki page.

      November 19th, 2012 at 14:21

  2. Brian Di Palma

    Not related to this thread but a question more to the admins of the site but is Persona going to be integrated into the login system here? I would find it convenient to have a choice of logging with it if it was available.

    Another idea I had was to show a development environment, so the set up Firefox devs use to get work done, I may stick up some pics and small tutorials once I myself get some code changes done showing my Eclipse set up with Mercurial integration showing me code history and local changes etc.

    November 19th, 2012 at 14:46

    1. Robert Nyman – Editor

      That’s a great idea! To be honest, I haven’t really thought about it before, but I’d like to see that too! It’s now on the list of things we want to do with the web site. :-)

      November 19th, 2012 at 15:03

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