Right now, when you go to the Mozilla Developer Center web site, you’re presented with a page full of acronyms, technologies, and miscellaneous stuff that makes it very difficult to find what you want, even if you know what you want in the first place.
This is a problem we’ve been aware of for some time, but that hasn’t kept us from making it worse by periodically adding even more obscure technologies to the list shown there.
It’s time, at last, to clean this mess up and redo our front page.
I’ve got a proposed design for the main page, which you can see by clicking here.
As you can see by looking at that, we basically replace the entire table of contents with four links. These links will take the reader to a topic page that provides additional links for a given subject. For example, clicking the “Developing Mozilla” link will take you to a page that offers links to articles on QA, localization, embedding, XUL, building, XPCOM, SpideMonkey, interfaces, and so forth.
Obviously some of the individual articles will overlap between these topic areas, but this reduction in the number of links off the main page will help us guide readers to the content they want.
The “Web development” section will be an area we’ll need to work on. It’s always been a goal of MDC to offer top-notch documentation for developing on the open web, from HTML to CSS to AJAX and all the latest open web technologies. Much of that content is as yet unwritten. I hope that we can start making serious headway there in the post-Firefox 3.5 documentation timeframe.
Please feel free to comment on my thoughts here. I’m excited to finally have time to think about and work on this, and hope to start making these changes soon.