Gripping, taut sci-fi. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Good story; overly artistic direction.
An important story told beautifully.
Entertaining revamp of Superman’s story.
Compelling, authentic science fiction. Spooky.
It’s common for the teams working on parts of the various Mozilla projects to have periodic work weeks or in-person meetups, wherein the teams travel from all over the world to sit in one place and work together or talk for a few days. These are a great way to sync up, bond, and exchange information face-to-face.
There’s a lot of information to be gained at these events. More importantly, perhaps, they’re a great way for people to meet and find out who knows what about which topics. As such, there’s a lot of potential value in having a representative of the MDN writing team attend your work week. By having a writer attend, you can share with them your concerns about the quality or state of the documentation, share valuable insights about how the code works, or even simply guide the writer to where all the best design notes and discussions are archived.
As such, we’d really appreciate being looped in if you have a work week planned. We can’t necessarily send someone to every work week every team has, but we’d sure like to try to at least drop in for a day or two to the ones we can get to.
In addition to our writing team gathering useful information, we can provide useful information to your team, such as:
- Guidance on how to get your project’s changes into the pipeline for developer documentation work.
- Training on how your development team can contribute to the documentation (you don’t have to write great docs; just giving us the basics can reduce the time it takes to build great docs by an enormous percentage).
- We can help you find docs for related technologies that already exist.
- We can offer insights into ways your APIs could behave more consistently with existing APIs when consistency might be helpful. Since we document a lot of APIs, we can have great ideas in this area.
Whenever your team schedules a work week, please feel free to email me and ask if we could send a writer to join you. Like I mentioned before, we might not always be able to do so, but we will try to when it’s possible and makes sense to do so.
It’s been many months since my last status report on the state of Kuma. There are many reasons for this; some technical, some personal. I’ll be trying to do this more regularly again going forward. Obviously, the big project is the redesign of MDN. Most of our fixes apply directly to that project right now.
Here’s a quick list of the things that landed in the last few days:
- The new search results page has a big search box on it.
- Menu font sizes have been improved on search results pages.
- Fixed a bug that caused double vertical scroll bars to appear on zone landing pages with short content areas.
- Use of the content space within the body of articles is improved.
- Performance of the localization dashboard is improved.
- Other improvements for the wiki and home page, including fixes for RTL and text overflow problems.
- KumaScript warning messages now use preformatted styling for easier reading in the redesign.
Also, several internal fixes building up toward upcoming big features have been committed.
We should be getting the ability to delete and move pages very soon. The code is finished and committed; I’m trying to sort out why it’s not enabled yet so we can fix whatever remains to be done so it can be switched on, at least for a few people to test.
Beautiful. Enthralling. Almost accurate physics.
I’ve released OK-Writer 1.4! The latest version of my Mac OS X word processor aimed at children and others who need a simplified user interface for word processing. The new version has new retina-quality icons, improved user interface layout, full-screen mode support, and other improvements.
One of the things I’m particularly proud of is the unforeseen use of OK-Writer by people with disabilities, especially vision problems. Its speak-as-you-write features have proven useful for the disabled. That’s a great source of personal pride for me.
To get a little more specific about what’s changed in this version other than the retina icons, I’ve spruced up some of the innards a bit to prepare for some future work I’m planning to do, and obviously the background is no longer brushed metal, but is a lovely periwinkle-like blue. I’ve fixed a couple of minor bugs, and the buttons don’t drift around slightly crazily when you resize the window anymore.
Full-screen mode has proven popular with Sophie, too. I may do some experiments with ways to make that experience better and/or more fun in the future. I made sure to make that code conditional so that the program still works on OS X 10.6 upward.
I did drop PowerPC support in this release, and I dropped support for Mac OS X 10.3 through 10.5. But this version is built as a 32/64-bit Universal binary. It was time to cut the cord on some of the older Macs, but the older version of OK-Writer is still available on my web site for people who need it.
Ah, spring! The flowers bloom, the snows melt (usually), and lovers of the Web and of Mozilla are heading to Vancouver, British Columbia to participate in our spring documentation sprint at the Vancouver Mozilla Space.
We’ll be gathering writers and a few developers together to pound out as much great documentation as we can, along with, I’m sure, a few fun evening activities.