First, I figured I’d mention that I’m aware that there are issues with missing strings on the Mozilla Developer Center site’s skin. I’m not sure how they got misplaced, and we’re investigating it so we can fix it properly. Everything still functions, it just looks strange.
Second, next week I’ll begin evaluating the upcoming “Lyons” release of the Deki software on a VM at home, so I can start providing feedback to MindTouch on how well it meets the needs of our users and contributors. I’m aware that some of you guys have very vigorous opinions about the current state of MDC, so I’m going to be trying my best to drive their development in a direction that will make everyone happy. With over a month until its release, there’ll be time to have further impact on the development as it winds down.
It’s important to note that this release, as well as the last major release (Jay Cooke), is very heavily driven by Mozilla’s needs. The folks at MindTouch are trying really hard to make us happy, and while they (and I) know there are outstanding issues, they’re doing a lot of work to make it do everything we need. Please try to be patient a little bit longer!
Once we get upgraded to Lyons, it’ll be time for us to start looking at ways we can augment the capabilities of Deki to customize it for our needs. Deki is highly extensible, but we’ve so far been avoiding doing any serious customization until the core features get more closely matched to our needs. I believe that Lyons will accomplish that goal, so it will be time to start work on adding our own whiz-bang goodness to MDC. We’ll talk more about that as we get closer to doing that.
One other note of importance: I’ve updated the documentation on web workers to match the capabilities and API as it currently stands in prerelease builds of Firefox 3.1 beta 3, as well as the current draft of the specification. See:
Please let me know of any issues you see. I’m aware that a sample or two are still missing; those will be dealt with soon.