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Doc Sprint at beyond tellerrand has been a blast!

Last week another Adobe-hosted Doc Sprint with 53 attendees out of 70 registered happened. According to our Doc Sprint Dashboard the event resulted in over 800 edits to the wiki, got about 10 new contributors on board and smoothly transitioned over to the official warm-up-party for the famous beyond tellerrand conference in Düsseldorf, Germany.

We had an awesome time!

While the original plan had been to run the event in a beach bar setting, lacking a beach bar we ended up under an old gas station from the 50s. Nevertheless, the deck chairs specially made for this event (no leftovers – sorry!), as well as a delicious barbeque and volumes of free beer (and other drinks) made a sunny and comfy location to spend all day. Some people even got sunburned; others sent us thanks for an unexpected tan. :) (And there are many more fun bits and stories to tell. Check out some of them over at the Adobe Web Platform Team blog post on the event.)

The Location of our Web Platform Doc Sprint @btconf Düsseldorf, May 2014 - an old gas station from the 1950s

The Location of our Web Platform Doc Sprint @btconf Düsseldorf, May 2014 – an old gas station from the 1950s

Sun, fun, plus quite a bit got done

With the help of our community experts we split up the party into six focus groups as follows:

The HTML Elements focus group was led by Paul Verbeek and, most of the time, consisted of 4 people: Aaron Gustafson, Horia Dragomir, Michael Kühnel, and Paul, himself. The group documented a total of 33 elements and also made decisions on what to do with deprecated elements (= document them, stating it’s deprecated and why, and write in the past tense). Find their tracking sheet here.

The JavaScript focus group, led by Rodney Rehm, worked on the Number object. The group has put together a number of considerations and suggestions. Make sure to read through their detailed work output here.

Rodney Rehm shares the joy :o) on the work output of his focus group. Passion anybody?

Rodney Rehm shares the joy on the work output of his focus group. Passion, anybody? (Picture by Andreas Dantz)

The Responsive Images and SVG focus group, led by Anselm Hannemann, focused on img, picture, and their attributes, as well as a number of SVG elements and attributes. Read through their full results in the WPDS-HTMLSVG-Group spreadsheet. The group also took notes on quite a bunch of bugs and issues, to be found in this comment in the focus groups work document.

The JS API focus group was led by Francesco Iovine, who actually spent most of the day giving kick start intro sessions to newcomers to WebPlatform.org, enabling them to immediately start contributing. Along with on-boarding new contributors, the JavaScript API focus group added examples to the Web Storage API page. They also created and set up some missing API listing pages: Ambient Light API, Device Orientation API, Screen Orientation API, and Pointer Lock API.

Francesco Iovine giving kick start intros to novice users of WebPlatform.org

Francesco Iovine giving kick start intros to novice users of WebPlatform.org

The “Do what you want” group, led by Hans Christian Reinl, focussed on general web concepts, tutorials and beginners docs. Six pages got revised and updated, and two new pages were created. Four pages received updates and still have open ends, two others definitely need more work – find all details at the group work document.

The CSS focus group led by Christian “Schepp” Schaefer identified the following pages as being imported from MDN or MSDN, and reworked them according to the style guide: Selectors :last-child, ::before, ::first-letter, ::first-line; Functions translate(), translateX(), translateY(), translate3d(); Properties zoom, left, right, object-fit, transform, font-variant, text-shadow; as well as the syntax page for important!. The group also went through every single CSS property and removed all prefixed example code, just leaving the unprefixed CSS in there. Annoyingly they found a lot of CSS property pages that had an empty “CSS Object Model Property” table cell, or a wrong one, like “element.style.”. A few of those got corrected. Also, a dabblet bug was found on code.webplatform.org and fixed with the help of Renoir Boulanger.

Thanks to all the contributors and volunteers

This successful Doc Sprint would not have been possible without the help of our community experts and our lovely volunteers: Pascal Szewczyk, Tomas Caspers, Kenneth Shinabery, Daniel Connerth, Sven Wolfermann, Aaron Gustafson, David Kirstein, and my partner in crime in organizing the event, Marc Thiele. Thank you all.

Want to run a Doc Sprint yourself?

Doc Sprints like this one are a fantastic opportunity to help push the web and its documentation forward. In the same time and place, you can meet and exchange with like-minded folks, learn, get inspired, and also have a nice BBQ and party. So why not run your own Doc Sprint? We created a document for you in case you’d like to create the next #WPDS: the Doc-Sprint-in-a-Box.

Switzerland Doc Sprint sets some new records!

The first ever Swiss Web Platform Doc Sprint is a wrap! Pure stat hunters might have liked to see more attendees: 15 out of 31 registrants attending resulted in a 52% no-show, which is pretty unusual for Switzerland; this was probably due to the current holiday season as well as the pouring rain. But hey, this is clearly about quality not quantity, so let’s talk more about the longest traveller to the sprint: Francesco, who came in from Rome, Italy. Or how about probably the youngest ever Doc Sprint attendee, Samarth (age 13), who made the script tag shine on Web Platform Docs!

Chris Mills from Mozilla presented a guide to using the Wiki, making edits, and what work we aimed to achieve. The fifteen very motivated and skilled contributors were a fairly even mix of Web Platform veterans and newcomers, and jumped head-first in to a variety of tasks ranging from bug investigation to example coding and doc writing.

We’d like to say a special thanks to Mike West (Google) and contributor Rodney Rehm (who already attended the Berlin Doc Sprint) — they helped attendees with 1:1 support on various questions over the day. Next, let’s give a big shout-out to our lovely venue sponsors Colab Zurich, who provided delicious catering for the full day, and to Adobe, who made the event possible by providing everything throughout the day.

Logo of Web Platform Doc SprintWe can report the following work stats:

David Maciejewski from t3n Magazine attended, and, in addition to contributing edits to the site, wrote a nice (german) review about the sprint and its motives, encouraging the community to organize similar events.

A huge thank you to all attendees of this Doc Sprint!

The 1st European Doc Sprint is Feb 8+9 in Berlin!

People all over the web are contributing great ideas and tools, and the momentum for viable, open, global web standards is growing every day. Unfortunately disparate, inconsistent, and outdated information still needs to be collected and perfected in one place we all can rely on.

WebPlatform.org is an idea that is coming into being through corporate sponsors, open web stewards, and — most importantly — individuals who are taking charge and creating a workspace for quality documentation. Everyday people volunteer their ideas and their time and build great content in a single place. But we still have a lot to do.

Logo of Web Platform Doc Sprint

One way we get folks inspired is through our Doc Sprints. These concentrated days of documentation work allow people to get started, really get stuck in, and make rapid progress. They also provide direct face-to-face contact between community members who previously only chatted online. Doc Sprints are places with lots of great ideas flying around. Bugs get addressed on the spot. Mini projects spring up and get prototyped and utilized right away. But mostly, it’s a time to gather together individuals who care about the web to work towards common goals.

So without further ado … it is a privilege to announce that the very first European Doc Sprint is taking place, in Berlin, on February 8-9, hosted by Adobe.

The main focus will be on improving WebPlatform.org content, but in addition we also want to put weight on encouraging web community managers to run their own Doc Sprints. If you are a web community manager and would like to organize a Web Platform Doc Sprint of your own, we would love you to join us in Berlin so we can give you the information you need to get started! Make sure you select the appropriate ticket category on registration so we can have your special Doc Sprint Starter Kit prepared for you.

Join us in Berlin. And if you can’t be there in person, please join us on the Freenode IRC channel #webplatform. We are looking forward to seeing you at the first ever European Doc Sprint!

Agenda, more information and registration:
http://web-platform-doc-sprint-berlin.eventbrite.com