Nov 242008

Since all the cool kids are doing it, here’s what I get for each letter of the alphabet when I type it in my browser’s location bar:


 Posted by at 1:26 PM
Nov 182008

I’ve written the initial pass of the article Updating extensions for Firefox 3.1, which provides helpful hints to developers that need to update their extensions.

In addition, new content on native JSON has been written, and I’m working on an article that covers listening for web progress events on all tabs.  The latter probably won’t be finished until tomorrow.

 Posted by at 6:22 PM
Nov 182008

I’ve just finished documenting the Element Traversal API that is supported by Firefox 3.1.  This involves several new attributes added to the DOM Element object:

These make it easy to walk through a document’s elements to manipulate the element hierarchy.  You can work with them in real-time, making live changes to the elements, adding new ones, and so forth.

 Posted by at 2:34 PM
Nov 182008

Turns out that there won’t be any changes to the DOM workers spec after all, so they’re fair game.  I’ll be resuming work on this documentation shortly.

For the past few days, I’ve been doing little bits of work here and there on some of the smaller topics that need covering, updating articles that only wind up needing a paragraph tweaked here or there, that kind of thing.  It’s not glamorous, but it’s a living.

As we make our way headlong toward shipping Firefox 3.1 beta 2, if you know of something that you think should be documented prior to its release, please feel free to make your suggestions.  While we’re on a very good track to have the documentation essentially complete by the first release candidate, we  won’t have everything done by beta 2.  So I’m working on prioritizing now.

 Posted by at 10:12 AM
Nov 132008

Since I’ve blogged totally failed to blog about the work I’ve been doing on documenting DOM workers recently, I figured it’s only fair to mention that I’ve gotten word that the specification may be changing soon.  So that writing work is on hold for a bit.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of other stuff to write about!

 Posted by at 12:13 PM
Nov 122008

It suddenly occurred to me I’ve not shared information about the status of the Mozilla Developer Center in a while, so I thought I’d go ahead and write that up since the World of WarCraft servers are currently all screwed up.

There are currently two significant issues in work:

  1. There is a minor but annoying security glitch that is in the process of being addressed.  In theory it is now fixed, but testing is underway to be sure of it.
  2. The “what’s changed” RSS feeds are broken.  We installed a fix this evening but it doesn’t appear to have resolved the problem — instead, the symptoms just changed.  I’ve sent new email to MindTouch to get further information on what’s going on here.  This is of course a serious problem for us, so I’m pushing hard to get it fixed as soon as possible.

There are of course other things going on, but most of those items are going to come in the Lyons release of MindTouch Deki, which I’ve talked about before.

Most of my time right now is being spent on documentation for Firefox 3.1.  I’ll blog more about the progress on that soon.

 Posted by at 12:11 AM
Nov 052008

I’m very confused and disappointed by the hateful response some people have to President Bush.  Just because you don’t like him or agree with things he’s done doesn’t mean you have to be crude and nasty.

Although I wound up voting for McCain in the end, this was a tough call for me this year.  It’s the first time I wasn’t able to make up my mind many months before the election.  That says something, although I admit I’m not sure what.

While I certainly understand the passion people can have, especially for someone as engaging as Mr. Obama, I don’t get the kind of hate that flows in the other direction.  It’s shameful, and it makes me sad to have to listen to it from so many people I otherwise like and admire.

All that aside, congratulations to President-Elect Obama.  Good job, and good luck, sir.

 Posted by at 1:49 PM