Articles by John Whitlock
MDN Changelog – Looking back at 2018
MDN Changelog for November 2018
MDN wraps up a year of hard work by shipping monthly MDN payments, converting from Font Awesome to SVG, adding browser names to compatibility tables, and growing the development team. Thanks to every one of the contributors who've helped us make MDN Web Docs better than ever in 2018.
Performance Updates and Hosting Moves: MDN Changelog for October 2018
This month's changelog, from the hard-working engineering team that builds and maintains the MDN Web Docs site, covers performance improvements and experiments, infrastructure updates, as well as countless tweaks and fixes to make your MDN experience better and better.
Payments, accessibility, and dead macros: MDN Changelog for September 2018
Changes and updates to the code, data, and tools that support MDN Web Docs. In September, the team launched MDN payments, improved MDN’s accessibility resources, and removed 15% of KumaScript macros. The team also shipped tweaks and fixes by merging 379 pull requests, including 66 pull requests from 38 new contributors.
MDN Changelog for August 2018
In August, the MDN content community reviewed and merged 85 Browser Compatibility Data pull requests. This month, we’ll continue working on new interactive examples, converting compatibility data, and migrating MDN services.
MDN Changelog for July 2018: CDN tests, Goodbye Zones, and BCD
Editor’s note: A changelog is “a log or record of all notable changes made to a project. [It] usually includes records of changes such as bug fixes, new features, etc.” Publishing a changelog is kind of a tradition in open source, and a long-time practice on the web. We thought readers of Hacks and folks […]
MDN Changelog for June 2018
Our monthly changelog documents what happened in June to the code, data, and tools that support MDN Web Docs site. The team shipped 100+ HTML interactive examples in June. They additional shipped tweaks and fixes by merging 252 pull requests, including 32 pull requests from 26 new contributors. Finally, the team shipped Django 1.11 and laid the groundwork for a variety of performance enhancements that will roll out in July and beyond.
@media, MathML, and Django 1.11: MDN Changelog for May 2018
May's MDN changelog highlights lots of stuff that got shipped to make MDN Web Docs so much better all the time. The team, with help from numerous contributors, migrated CSS @media and MathML compat data, prepared for Django 1.11, started tracking work in ZenHub, continued the HTML Interactive Examples project, and shipped tweaks and fixes by merging 397 pull requests, including 60 pull requests from 43 new contributors.
CDN, BCD, and SVG: MDN Changelog for April 2018
The MDN engineering team reports on work accomplished in April and what's ahead in May. Some highlights: MDN Web Docs site moved to a CDN, improving page load time by 16%. The migration of browser compatibility data (the BCD project) continues apace, and is now 72% done. The team began the work of replacing font-based icons with inline SVG; the work to improve accessibility and localization with SVG icons continues. In April, 510 pull requests were merged, including 140 pull requests from 57 new contributors.
MDN Changelog for March 2018
Publishing a changelog is a tradition in open source, and a long-time practice on the web. In this changelog, MDN engineers report on what happened in March to the code, data, and tools that support MDN Web Docs, and look ahead to what's on plan for this month. Learn more about the work of the MDN engineering team and their impact, and discover opportunities to participate in building and supporting MDN Web Docs and the open web platform.