Apr 082013

There’s been a great deal going on on the Kuma front of late. If you’re not already aware, Kuma is the Mozilla-built wiki platform that powers the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) documentation. Today, I’m going to share a few tidbits about what the team is up to and what’s coming in the near future.

New Features

We have some new features! Let’s take a look!

  • You can now specify a maximum depth for tables of contents on individual pages. Say you have a page that has lots of repetitive sub-headings. You can keep those from exploding the length of the TOC now. Just open the “Edit Page Title and Properties” pane in the page’s editor, and you can now specify how deep the TOC should be allowed to get (or disable it entirely, as before).
  • You can now add a revision comment when saving new articles; this can be especially useful for people like me to note things like “just getting started, more to come,” for example.
  • Admins now have a “View in Admin Panel” option to look at a page in the Django admin panel; this gives us access to the option to delete a page, for example, saving precious time and hair-tearing-out.
  • Unused bits of data are no longer displayed in revision diffs and page history. We used to show some information that we inherited from SUMO but don’t actually use.
  • The page footer now includes a link users can follow if they’d like to contribute to the Kuma project.

Back-end Improvements

We’ve also done more work on improvements to the internals, structure, and so forth. This includes work on upcoming new features that aren’t exposed to users yet. Some of the more interesting ones:

  • Upgraded to Django 1.4.5.
  • Upgraded to jQuery 1.9.1.
  • The CSS for our custom fonts has been updated to allow the fonts to be cached locally instead of having to be re-downloaded all the time.
  • A number of bits of optimization work have been done to help improve page load times and the like.

Bugs Fixed

  • You can now use the title attribute on <div> blocks.
  • Several other minor bugs have been fixed.

As you can see, the team has been busy. Now that the bulk of the back-end work on the Elastic Search and Django upgrades has been finished, the team is moving on to other things (although the front-end work on ES is still ongoing). I hope to see some really good new stuff arrive soon.

Coming Soon

Work has begun on designing and hopefully soon implementing the notification system that will be used by our review queue as well as by page watchlists. Once we have that system, a lot of awesome new features will become possible, and we’re really excited to have that work underway!

Also, section editing is gradually making progress. I hope we’re in the home stretch on finally being able to edit individual sections instead of having to edit the entire page every time we want to make a simple tweak.

The guys are working hard, and I’m very proud to work with them! Thanks guys!

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