Mozilla Developer Center update – 10/07/2006

XUL Reference

The initial XUL Reference migration has been completed. We do need some help in improving this reference in several ways:

  • More examples
  • Screenshots of the various widgets (ideally taken in Windows or Mac)
  • More cross-linking within the reference and between the reference and the XUL Tutorial
  • Links out to the LXR source where appropriate
  • Improved and expanded text for any page within the reference

Sheppy will also be working on copy-editing and other improvements when he has time.

Discussion about replacing “Talk” pages

At the Mozilla all-hands meeting it was suggested that we begin exploring possible replacements for the Wiki “Talk” pages, as the existing pages are poorly suited to actual discussion as they lack threading, structure, editorial control, and any sort of guaranteed permanence. After a long discussion Brion Vibber let us know that the Mediawiki group had a Summer of Code project underway that sounds like it will do exactly what we need. You can read more about the LiquidThreads project on the Wikimedia Meta-wiki.

Suggested new feedback system

Another suggestion from the all-hands meeting is that MDC create a system that would allow users to quickly and easily send feedback from any given page of the MDC site without having to deal with Talk pages, registering on the wiki, or looking up email/list addresses. The system we’re currently planning to implement is simply a new, open mailing list with a mailto: link on each page of the wiki (either in the footer or sidebar).

Content additions and improvements

Localizations

As always, the localization teams have been doing a fantastic job, with recent significant activity on the Italian, Spanish, French, Japanese, Polish, and Portuguese wikis.

If you have any questions about anything here or anything else related to the MDC, please ask on the MDC discussion list, the #devmo channel on irc.mozilla.org, or mail me directly (deb-at-mozilla-dot-com).

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6 thoughts on “Mozilla Developer Center update – 10/07/2006

  1. > The system we’re currently planning to implement is simply a new, open
    > mailing list with a mailto: link on each page of the wiki

    Did you decide against shaver’s suggestion about a hendrix-like web-based feedback form? If so, why?

  2. > The system we’re currently planning to implement is simply a new, open> mailing list with a mailto: link on each page of the wikiDid you decide against shaver’s suggestion about a hendrix-like web-based feedback form? If so, why?

  3. It would be cool (and very helpful) if the MDC home page had a sidebar / section that highlighted new articles and other notable additions to the content so that you don’t have to browse the entire site to find out what is new. It would be even cooler if it had an RSS feed that you could subscribe to.

    In any case, thanks for all the hard work you are putting into MDC.

  4. It would be cool (and very helpful) if the MDC home page had a sidebar / section that highlighted new articles and other notable additions to the content so that you don’t have to browse the entire site to find out what is new. It would be even cooler if it had an RSS feed that you could subscribe to. In any case, thanks for all the hard work you are putting into MDC.

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