WTD Episode 11: Combining Forces for Documentation Sources -- Exploring the Mozilla Developer Network's Web Docs project
- Recorded Nov 27, 2017
- Length: 51:21
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Here are some of the questions discussed during the podcast:
- What motivations do participants have for contributing to MDN docs?
- How does MDN’s web doc initiative differ from Stack Overflow’s documentation project?
- How does MDN’s web docs differ from documentation on W3C Schools?
- What reasoning is behind the decision to use wiki platforms instead of GitHub repos?
- How are you integrating into web dev IDEs to provide real-time linting/validation during coding?
- How does conceptual documentation differ from action-oriented documentation, and which is more suitable for the web developer audience?
- How can users contribute to the MDN?
- How do you manage all the volunteers and edits across thousands of MDN pages?
- How do you keep the project funded?
- What’s the ultimate goal of the MDN documentation?
For more detail, see Mozilla brings Microsoft, Google, the W3C, Samsung together to create cross-browser documentation on MDN. In this article, the authors note:
In this year alone, 8,021 users made 76,203 edits, greatly increasing the scope and quality of the content. Cross-browser documentation contributions include input from writers at Google and Microsoft; Microsoft writers have made more than 5,000 edits so far in 2017.