2nd Doc Sprint in Amsterdam!

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Last year we made a grave mistake when we scheduled the doc sprint in Amsterdam to follow the Fronteers conference. As Scott Rowe mentioned in his blog post, Amsterdam is a great city. Well, it seems that most people found the city a little too great (that is, partied a bit too hard during and after the Fronteers conference) to make it to the doc sprint. And we don’t blame you!

So for this year, the party starts at the Doc Sprint! The day before the Fronteers Conference, the 8th of October, when everybody is still full of energy, Indivirtual will host a fantastic day of pushing the web forward, meeting new people, and learning even more than you already know about the web! Come collaborate with us on ideas and problems and help build a better Web Platform with the best technical documentation for the web community.

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Join us the day before Fronteers

Will you be in Amsterdam for the Fronteers conference? Will you be visiting the city for work? Do you live here? Will you be in Amsterdam on holiday? If you can answer yes to any of these and want to meet-up with fellow front-end developers, join us for the second Amsterdam Web Platform Doc Sprint (#WPDS). The sprint will take place right inside the main office of Endemol, in the GTST-room, 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central Station. There will be experts from the Web Platform Stewards (Jake Archibald, Martin Beeby and Mathias Bynens) as well as the community (Rodney Rehm, Christian Schaefer and me, Paul Verbeek) that provide introductory talks and ideas on what to work on.

You can choose to write documentation, add some examples or best practices, fix typos or organize information better, or just hang out with us and leave an excellent impression of yourself.

Is this interesting for me, regardless of whether I’m a beginner or expert?

Yes! Whether you are new to the web or a pro; whether or not you are already a member of the web platform community; if you haven’t used WPD at all; heck, even if you don’t know what WPD is; you’ll find use in attending. The doc sprint is valuable for everybody.

  • If you’re new to the web community or new to Web Platform Docs, we’ll help you get started contributing to the documentation. This is a great way to learn about web development and meet other web professionals.
  • If you’re an old pro on the web but new to Web Platform Docs, you’ll easily get up to speed and start contributing your expertise to the benefit of the whole community. Maybe you can add knowledge about edge cases. Perhaps you want to see some robust samples for your area of interest.
  • If you’re coming to Amsterdam for the Fronteers conference, drop by the doc sprint for a few hours or the whole day and start your networking a little early.
  • If you’re already a member of WebPlatform.org, just jump right in and start contributing. And, please come help people new to the project
  • We’ll have specific areas of content for you to work on, and if you have other content that you want to contribute or other projects that you want to work on, you’re certainly welcome to do that, too.
  • Did I mention that we’re giving things away?

Free lunch, giveaways and drinks – all day

We will provide comfy seating, power, WiFi, a plan what to work on and of course we will feed you over the day. There will also be swag and a bunch of great raffle prizes provided by the Web Platform Stewards!

Fronteers Jam Session to finish the day

We’ll stop at 19:00 and take the train back to Amsterdam Central. From there everybody can go and grab a bite to eat and go straight to the Fronteers Jam Session, to finish the day with beer and lightning talks!

See you at the Doc Sprint!

*Paul Verbeek

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.

A New Home Page

You may have noticed, we recently launched a new homepage for www.webplatform.org. The recently-retired homepage was doing its job, but looking at it more closely, we realized that wanted to provide users with much more information right from the first introduction.

a screenshot of the new web platform.org homepage

The new home page starts with telling the story of the project as directly as possible. What is this project? Who is involved? Why is this a great idea? What’s unique to this set of web documentation?

We made this page 100% responsive — it resizes to fit any size screen. And we moved the video so that you can play it right from this page, instead of having to click and wait for a lightbox to load before being able to watch.

The Docs List

We added a section listing the major sections of the Docs, showing which ones are ready to use, which ones are being worked on, and what ideas we have planned for the future. We hope this will make it easier for people to understand the state of the project, figure out where to jump in and help, and most of all, what documentation is already on the site, ready to use.

This list is a work in progress. The plan is to continuously update it with new links, and move links from column to column as the status of things change. People should be able to come to this list to quickly see exactly what’s on the site.

As I’ve gotten involved with Web Platform Docs, and dug into researching what’s going on, I’ve found that there’s a lot of great stuff going on that people just don’t know about. It’s my goal to make it much easier to find such treasures, and this section is a start.

a screenshot of the middle of the new homepage, highlighting the list of Docs

The lower part of the page is dedicated to explaining exactly how to get involved. Rather than asking people to read many pages in the Editor’s Guide, we wanted to put the most important information right up front where it’s easy to find and follow.

a screenshot of the bottom page of the homepage, with the information about how to contribute

I’ll be overhauling the Editor’s Guide, likely renaming it Contributor’s Guide next, to reflect what I’ve discovered about how to get involved, and to better match the message that’s now on the home page. Since Web Platform Docs is relying heavily on the contributions of volunteers to update and improve the documents that have been imported from MSDN, we need people to be able to join the effort with as little friction or confusion as possible.

A new platform

Lastly, we also changed the technology that’s driving this and other pages on the www.webplatform.org domain. Most of the Web Platform website is handled by MediaWiki hosted at docs.webplatform.org, while this blog is driven by WordPress at blog.webplatform.org. The home page, along with several other static HTML pages, are hosted separately at www.webplatform.org. These were hand-coded pages that used a bit of php includes to handle the header and footer.

We revisited this set-up when we were getting ready to launch the new home page design, and decided to implement a static site generator. While there are many (Jekyll perhaps being the most popular), the team wanted to use something built on Node.js, since Node.js is JavaScript and JavaScript is part of the web platform. Renoir Boulanger researched and tested quite a few node.js-based static site generators, and settled on DocPad. We wanted something that would create a file structure that would be easy for anyone to understand — that way the source files could be shared in a new public GitHub repo, where anyone could submit a pull request with changes. We want everyone involved with the Web Platform project to have an easy way to submit suggestions for updating the content on the homepage and other pages.

a screenshot of the new GitHub repo that hosts the static pages from www.webplatform.orgThis is just one more step in improving the Web Platform project. We will keep improving both the design and content of this homepage, bit by bit. Let us know if you have any suggestions or ideas for how to keep improving things.

Fluent Doc Sprint is next week

We have already blogged about the upcoming Doc Sprint at Fluent 2014, but I’ve compiled a few details, in case you have questions. You can also get a sense of what happens by reading about past doc sprints by checking out our previous posts.

First of all, the Fluent conference is hosting the Doc Sprint, providing the space & food. But you don’t have to go to the Fluent conference to attend the Doc Sprint. The Doc Sprint is open to the public. That means anyone can attend.

Yep, that means YOU are invited. So, what will happen when you come? The agenda will go something like this:

MORNING:

  • Welcome
  • Intro to WebPlatform.org docs
  • How to contribute
  • Doc Sprint!

LUNCH (yes, free food!):

  • Working, talking, sharing ideas

AFTERNOON:

  • Special guests Doug Schepers (W3C), Jen Simmons (Jen Simmons Design), and maybe a surprise or two…
  • More Doc Sprint!
  • Swag
  • Wrap-up

No experience is necessary. Seriously. That means you don’t have to be an expert, you need not know how to edit wiki-markup, or be familiar with any build tools. It’s a good idea to be there at the beginning, just so you get the information about getting started contributing. We’ll go over everything you need to know. Bear in mind that you can come for just part of the day, too.

We’ll be in Salon 5 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA.

You will need your own laptop and power (and power adaptors).

For any other questions, go ahead and email the webplatform public list. And do sign up at Eventbrite to get the latest information and special treatment.

See you there!

Fluent 2014 Doc Sprint (& You’re invited too!)

A group of us working on WebPlatform Docs will be hosting a Doc Sprint at Fluent 2014, in San Francisco, on March 11th! O’Reilly has generously provided the facilities and experts through the Fluent conference, but the doc sprint is open to the general public.

We receive content from various sources: companies, individual contributors, standards groups, and more. When we get the content, we review it, improve it, and add “that little something more.” For example, right now, we’re concentrating on JavaScript language reference content. A doc sprint is a period of concentrated effort by a number of people to improve that content, or really, any part of the site that you’d like to work on. It’s like a hackathon for documentation.

No experience is necessary! At a doc sprint, beginners can learn how to get started. We have some basic tasks that anyone can do with support. And we’ll be there to support all contributors. Folks with more experience can make great progress on deeper tasks. We’ll all collaborate on the site: extending it and building the content, itself. Bugs get fixed on the spot. We do usability testing. We eat and drink and… Well, doc sprints are great places to geek out, make new friends, and meet old ones. To get a sense of past doc sprints, check out our previous posts.

Just go to Eventbrite to sign up. We look forward to seeing you there!

Birthday-party-slash-Doc-Sprint, Amsterdam, October 12, 2013

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Also, never doubt that a small group can get a lot done at a doc sprint, and the group at the Amsterdam doc sprint, however small, accomplished a lot of work on Web Platform Docs, moved the web forward, and changed the world. A small group, however, does have trouble polishing off a huge, chocolatey birthday cake, and we really could have done with more attendance on that front.

Indeed, the cake was not only not a lie, it was delicious. Careful with the knife, Doug.

The cake, the catering, and the venue, The Hub co-working space, were all orchestrated by our host, Paul Verbeek. Paul also coordinated with the Fronteers organization, which helped publicize the doc sprint, as it followed the Fronteers 2013 developer conference. Everything came off with great panache! Thanks, Paul!

The big story coming out this doc sprint is that we finished some 53 CSS properties, to bring the total number of CSS properties completed to within twenty of our goal for the project. Some of the work on those 53 properties was already done, in other doc sprints and by other contributors, so we mostly reviewed and put the finishing touches on these properties, and we were able to move very quickly through the list.

There are opportunities for us to add value to the web, apart from great documentation. In documenting the new auto value of the outline-style property we discovered that the specification did not describe exactly how the auto value should work as a standard, the spec leaves it up to the user agent, and when we tested it in several browsers on several systems, we were unable to discern a common pattern. This struck us as falling short, so we dispatched a missive to the CSS working group, recommending that the behavior of the auto value be more clearly defined. We’re waiting to hear back from them. But the point is, we took the opportunity to not only document the auto value, but to help shape its specification and participate directly in building the web.

Some prefer to sprint in their socks.

Many of the participants here in Amsterdam have also attended one or both of the other European doc sprints. Rodney RehmVivienne van Velzen, and Francesco Iovine, veterans of the Berlin and Zurich doc sprints, made a mountain of edits to the CSS properties and HTML attributes documentation.

Is it time for cake yet?

We also signed up several new members, one of whom, Tom Schuller won the raffle prize, a Chromebook provided by Google.

Show up at a doc sprint, win free stuff!

The local luminaries also graced us with not only an appearance, they chipped in on the CSS properties and worked on developing automated compatibility information for WPD. Peter-Paul Koch of Quirksmode fame, Ronald Mansveld, and Niels Leenheer of HTML5Test are working with Doug Schepers of the W3C to aggregate compatibility information from across the web and display it on Web Platform Docs.

The Syndics revisited. This time, it’s the fabric of the web.

Okay, one last cheesy mashup featuring the work of Dutch masters of the Golden Age, just to tie up the analogy above, and hopefully put an end to all the silliness of the last three blog posts:

The real Syndics did show up, but left abruptly when we told them the Linen API wasn’t standards-track. [The Syndics of the Drapers' Guild, by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, courtesy of the Rijksmuseum.]

So, even if we couldn’t finish the cake, we certainly took a big bite out of the work on Web Platform Docs. As this post goes to press, the CSS properties are being finished and the last loose ends of that project are getting tied up. We look forward to developing a new JavaScript reference and over-hauling our HTML elements and attributes in up-coming doc sprints. We hope you’ll join us!

A Great First Year!

Forty-thousand some odd page edits on 8,740 total pages by 23,939 registered users summarizes a year of effort toward creating the web’s definitive source for technical documentation. Web Platform Docs, is still just a baby, yet to emerge from pre-alpha into beta release, and there’s a lot of work to do before we can lend it the car keys, but it’s off to a great start!

Birthday

The community, armed to the teeth, heads out to document the web.*

Content, and lots of it

At this time last year we launched the site with a huge pile of content donated by Microsoft, Mozilla, Opera, the W3C, and Google. It had to be huge, and, consequently, it needed a lot of work. Updating and organizing the content was and is the most important activity on the site.

Thanks to the invaluable efforts of Dave Gash, Mike Sierra, Lance Leonard, and many others, we reorganized the API Reference, updating 9 imported API documents and adding 13 new documents, in over 730 pages. This provides the web with an excellent reference for many of the main HTML5 APIs, including a few that are documented nowhere else, like the WebAudio API.

We’ve also developed a comprehensive CSS properties reference. This reference is almost (over 275 properties) finished – well, almost finished enough to let Adobe Brackets and Chrome DevTools cross-reference the content so that it is available to users right in those tools. Too many of you to name here have contributed to this effort, but this project would be nowhere without the unflagging leadership of Julee Burdekin, and she would like to thank you all – you know who you are – for helping out on this. Keep up the good work, we’re almost done!

While the API reference and the CSS properties were the big content areas we could hold up and point to for this retrospective, there was a lot of work on the content generally, especially early on, just after it was imported. We quickly realized that we needed structures in which to organize all of the pages and landing pages for each area. Chris Mills did a lot of work on these, and Seb Desbenoit created the icons that neatly describe each of the content areas.

It is the world-wide web, and we’ve had a lot of help from some great translators like Nestor Rojas, with renditions of WPD pages in Spanish, Crotel who has provided many Chinese translations, and Hooney who translated several pages to Korean.

Infrastructure, to enable us

The daunting the task of wrangling the content was made less so when the community rallied to build better tools and processes to support WPD.

Jonathan Garbee, wiz-kid extraordinaire developed project.webplatform.org, our beloved issue tracking system. This was a huge improvement over the old Bugzilla implementation we started with, and it made building the site way, way easier.

One day in April, Search was suddenly working. We had launched with the Search functionality largely undeveloped. Denis Ah-Kang came to the rescue, fixed our Search, and thereby saved the community fistfuls of hair.

Enhancements to the templates and forms that deliver and present the content were needed across the wiki. A special shout out to Frozenice, Alex Komoroske, and the Template Corps for expertly developing the guts of Semantic Media Wiki forms and templates.

This site is all about code. We badly needed a way for users to play with code in real-time, and Lea Verou built the codelet tool, code.webplatform.org just in time for us to use with the CSS properties documentation.

Down in the engine room, we’ve benefitted from the expertise of Ryan Lane, who fixed the pernicious Session Timeout Bug, among many other invaluable contributions, and Renoir Boulanger, who, since he joined us as a full-time Operations Engineer, has been making enormous improvements in site performance.

Also, Renoir and Patrick D’Souza have been busy developing the analytics infrastructure to keep track of all this, and recently deployed Piwik, an open-source analytics engine.

Community, for the win!

Web Platform Docs is community-driven as well as a community destination. We also engage with the community through e-mail, the IRC channel, and blog posts (shameless plug). But when we need to do some heavy-lifting, we hold a Web Platform Doc Sprint.

These little get-togethers have proven to be the highlights of the year, helping build content, the site, and the community in a fun, productive forum. We’ve held eight Doc Sprints this year, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Peter Lubbers of Google, has administered Doc Sprints in San Francisco and Mountain View; Julee Burdekin of Adobe ran two Doc Sprints in San Francisco, Andre Jay Meissner of Adobe put on the Berlin and Zurich Doc Sprints, Eliot Graff of Microsoft ran the Seattle Doc Sprint, and Paul Verbeek did the Amsterdam Doc Sprint. These Doc Sprints are hard work, yes, but so worth it!

So, what’s next?

We have a birthday party to tell you about: next blog post (coming soon!). But if you’re still with me here you might want to know what we plan for next year.

Beta release – We expect to have completed the requirements for our first official release. Many of the items on this list are complete already (and celebrated above).

JavaScript – Microsoft has donated another big batch of content, a JavaScript reference, and Max Polk and Eliot Graff are getting ready to import it into WPD. We can’t wait to get started with updates and examples for this content.

DOM/Elements/Attributes – We need to develop an architecture that allows users to work with HTML elements, their attributes, and their DOM interfaces in a cogent, complete model. This will require new templates and forms as well as a thorough overhaul of the content.

There is a lot to do, and with any luck, we’ll NEVER be done. But if this last year demonstrates anything, it is that we can do it. Together, we have accomplished something important and valuable for the community. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to Web Platform Docs, and happy birthday!

* Image, The Night Watch or The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn courtesy of the Rijksmuseum.

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!

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.

Web Platform Doc Sprint
August 28th 2013, Zurich, Switzerland!

Followers of the WebPlatform.org effort will remember that we ran our groundbreaking first European Web Platform Doc Sprint on February 8-9 in Berlin, Germany. This went down well, and a lot of good work was done on the CSS property and API documentation. The latest good news is that we are running another Doc Sprint — this time in Zurich, Switzerland, on August 28th!

Our new Doc Sprint is being run to coincide with Switzerland’s premier front end developer conference, Frontend Conference Zurich, which happens in the two days after the sprint. Use this as a great opportunity to attend a great conference, and make a great contribution to front end web documentation, all in one trip!

Aims of the Doc Sprint

Logo of Web Platform Doc Sprint

Doc Sprints are great places to have a great and geeky time, make new
friends, and meet old ones. At this event:

  • Beginners will learn how to get started as WebPlatform.org contributors
  • Those more experienced can dive in and make great uninterrupted progress on content
  • Great new ideas will form and grow through collaboration, including demos, plugins and more
  • Bugs will get fixed on the spot
  • Food and drinks (including but not limited to: beer) will be provided throughout the day
  • Swag will be tossed into the crowds
  • Winners will be crowned and prizes raffled away
  • A lot of fun is waiting for attendees!

The main focus topics at this event will be CSS properties and HTML elements/DOM, but if you would rather work on something else inside the WebPlatform.org documentation remit, we are more than happy to accommodate you! If you want to check up on what is ok to work on and suggest ideas, please tell us via the public mailing list.

Doc Sprint Venue and Sponsors

This Doc Sprint is organized by Adobe and being held at the awesome Colab Zurich, who are hosting the event as a sponsor and contributor to WebPlatform.org. Find full address details and directions on their website at http://colab-zurich.ch.

Sign me up!

Please sign up for the event at our Eventbrite page. We are looking forward seeing you in late August in Switzerland!