Given our ongoing documentation-needed overload, we’ve decided to look into contracting out some writing work to help catch up our Firefox developer documentation. Basically, we’ve not been able to keep up with our Firefox X for developers documentation (see Firefox 17 for developers, for instance). While stuff gets listed, the list is often not complete, and even where items are put on the list, they’re usually not actually documented.
This is, frankly, embarrassing.
However, the staff writers, and even most of our community of writers, have been very busy with Firefox OS and other documentation, leaving Firefox itself rather strapped for attention. That’s got to change.
So the other day, I talked to Ali (my boss) and we agreed that we should see about contracting someone to go through all of these documents, from Firefox 13 onward, and get them fully up to date, and try to document the technologies and changes as needed.
There are some skills required:
- Likewise, you should be competent with HTML and CSS, at least well enough to sort things out without hand-holding.
- If you have experience reading the IDL that describes DOM interfaces, that’s a big help, but we can help you figure it out (it’s not hard).
- You should feel comfortable talking to developers by email and in IRC. You’ll have questions and being able to interface with these guys will be a huge help.
You won’t be in this alone, of course. Our existing community of writers hangs out in #devmo on irc.mozilla.org and we’ll be there to offer encouragement, advice, and some help.
If you’re interested, let me know. We haven’t opened up this contract yet, but I’d like to start getting a handle on who might be interested, so I can have a list of possible candidates ready to go once that happens.
This is important work that’s sadly fallen by the wayside due to limited resources and conflicting priorities. Help us make the Firefox developer documentation excellent again!