Web Platform Wednesday, Week 16: Left-over Fondue!

Sound the alphorns! This week we salute our friends at the doc sprint in Zurich, Switzerland and anticipate a lot of great work on the CSS properties. If you can’t make it to Zurich, you can at least be with the doc sprinters in spirit as they and you dip into this week’s cheesy (or chocolately) pot of CSS properties.

Indeed there is a veritable Matterhorn of left-over properties that we need to revisit from previous weeks. So, don your crampons, ascend to the Web Platform Wednesday page and pick a route, er, property. Your coordinators, or Peters Taugwalder, will be ready to guide you. And I think I’ve beaten the mountain climbing analogy sufficiently into the pack ice.

You don’t have to be a genius like Albert Einstein (aw, come on, you saw that coming) nor a visionary like Albert Hofmann (not that one, though, I bet), but being a good sport like (wait for it) Roger Federer (for the win!) certainly helps.

If you have any questions or are not sure where to start, come and chat with the coordinators in the #webplatform IRC Channel or via email on the mailing list, as there is always a volunteer who will be happy to help, like (one more for the road) the Red Cross!

Web Platform Wednesday, Week 15: Finishing round one of CSS properties

Ding-ding! This week, we finish up with the first round of editing and adding samples to CSS properties. We’ll need to go back and pick up properties that weren’t completed or were recently added. But this is a great week to pick up a random property and add some quality to it. Position, clip, visibility, and other properties are waiting for basic facts, useful explanations, examples, and links to great articles.

So, head on over to the Web Platform Wednesday page and see where you can help. If you find any properties that you want to help contribute to, have any questions or even are not sure where to start, come and chat with the coordinators in the #webplatform IRC Channel or via email on the mailing list, as there is always someone who will be happy to help.

WebPlatform Wednesday, Week 14: Grids

A lot of folks are vacationing now, far away from gridlock. But wait! Grid layout needs your help!

Up to this point, our main focus was to edit content graciously donated by Microsoft, updating it to match the latest specs, and adding more examples and details. With this week’s properties, we’re mostly starting from scratch. We’ve created the pages, but there’s no content at all. So when you go to contribute, you have a tabula rasa – a blank slate – or should we say a template rasa, because the template is there. You get to fill it in.

As NicdaCosta mentioned in an earlier blog post, these new properties allows developers to create fluid grids without having to resort to older techniques. And here’s a great article to get you started on Grid Layout. Also, make sure to check out a fantastic new editor’s draft on CSS Grid Layout that explains the background and motivation, and provides many enlightening examples.

What’s better than a fresh start and a good reference? Well, maybe a few things, but here at WebPlatform.org, we rank these pretty high.

So, head on over to the Web Platform Wednesday page and see where you can help. If you find any properties that you want to help contribute to, have any questions or even are not sure where to start, come and chat with the coordinators in the #webplatform IRC Channel or via email on the mailing list, as there is always someone who will be happy to help.

Web Platform Wednesday: text adornment

Why, oh why, would you want to use text without adornment on a webpage? That’s so 1990’s. This week we focus our Web Platform Wednesday work on some more CSS properties that take plain text and make it stand out in a crowd. We’ve selected a little over a dozen CSS properties from the CSS3 Text, the CSS Exclusions Module Level 1, and the CSS Line Layout Module Level 3 specifications, and we’re looking for volunteers to create, edit, and review the reference content for each of them on Webplatform Docs.

Sure, this is just a subset of what you can do with text using CSS, but I’d like to think that these properties enable the tasteful accessorizing of text, adding just the right touch to your work (without going so far as to be tacky, a la the CSS WG’s April fool’s joke from 2012).

And so this is where you come in. You’re unique; you have that certain je ne sais quoi about you. Bring that panache, that élan, and use it to help document the web. And as you can see, a number of the properties are either obsolete or unsupported and require minimal documentation, so this week’s group is fun and easy!

Let one of the coordinators know which CSS properties you are interested in documenting. Make sure you have a user account for Webplatform Docs. And then follow the guidelines on the Web Platform Wednesday page. There are lots of people to help, should you run into any snags. And, voila, you’re documenting the web!

What is Web Platform Wednesday?

There are many contributors doing work throughout Webplatform Docs. Some are working on infrastructure, some on community, some in content, and some lurking in the corners, waiting for the perfect opportunity. Web Platform Wednesday is a way to find a volunteer opportunity for those looking to add some value to the project. In the weekly meetings, we choose areas of priority for the project and then actively solicit help. Right now, we’re working on completing a pass on our CSS property docs. Join in. Bienvenue!

Hi, my name’s Renoir. I’ll be your DevOps for the Web Platform

Hello everybody!

This is my first post here as the new Developer Operations engineer on the WebPlatform project and I am very happy to be part of it!

Like many web developers, I got very excited when I discovered this project, and I’ve come from time to time to contribute on the documentation.

My name is Renoir Boulanger and I’m a web standards aficionado, web application developer, noisy Linux fanatic, and a friendly neighborhood geek who has been building websites for more than ten years. My mother tongue is French, and I live in Montreal, Québec, Canada.

How I started

My career started as a web developer working with Graphic Design/web agencies to offer web sites to their clients. I created a few web integration libraries and I participated in the development of various specialized web applications. The favorite part of my work is to build HTML/CSS/JavaScript patterns making re-usable components.

Throughout my career, I’ve always used GNU/Linux as both my personal computing and as my platform of choice to manage web hosting services. Although it was not my main focus, I became proficient at architecting, automating deployment, and managing infrastructure; as a result, I used this skill at every position I was hired for. Therefore, it is routine for me to have a terminal shell opened, and to replicate my shell configuration environment, everywhere I have access to.

Community involvement

In another aspect of my life, I’ve always been part of communities and I led some of them. In my youth, I was involved with Canada’s Youth Movement, such as the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, and the Scouts of Canada for more than 17 years.

Some years ago, I decided to divert my focus from the youth movement and find a place where I could contribute to the Open-Source movement. This is when I decided to be involved in the web Development Communities. In addition, I hosted a cross-platform weekly meetup called devLAB Montréal.

Recently, I also participated as member of the board of directors of a local web standard promotion non-for-profit organization called W3Québec. As for my contribution to sharing my knowledge, I published a talk about ‘How to evaluate the quality of a website according to the latest web development techniques‘ (in french) and I created a “fork-me on GitHub” tutorial site called HTML/CSS The Right Way which I may fold into my work on the WebPlatform.

What will I bring

The main part of my work at the WebPlatform.org will be to maintain site stability, improve the site features, strengthen the site hosting and deployment infrastructure, act as a technical liaison with Open-source communities, and contribute to the success of the site.

I have a few ideas, but one proposal that I have in mind is to enhance the front-end development workspace using tools such as Yeoman, Grunt, and RoughDraft.js. With those in place, anybody who is willing to contribute to the WPD skin would only need to have NodeJS and the rest of the dependencies will be handled automatically without the need to install the full backend stack.

If you see me around the web and you want to talk about anything web and Open-Source technologies, web Accessibility, vim keyboard combos, ways to evaluate quality of a site, or just to talk about Time Travel or Zombie Apocalypse survival plan, I’m your man.