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  • February | 2014 | Web Platform Blog
    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 Posted in Events Tagged Doc Sprints WPW Week 1 Array Feb 12 2014 by Julee Here we are at Web Platform Wednesdays Week 1 for the JavaScript language reference There s a reason why organizations and individuals have come together to document the web platform here The content can be used and reused anywhere without complex terms What you contribute is for everyone s use It s sort of documentation neutrality So while this may appear to be just another JavaScript reference that we re embarking on it really is different We ve got the scaffolding down thanks to Microsoft but let s add some magic that special something that comes from giving a gift unconditionally We re starting with Array this week focusing on the object itself the constructor and those few properties that make Array a special object such as length and isArray When working with basic reference content we have the opportunity to add some wise words such as unless there s a reason not to create an array using literal notation And let s up the ante with examples What kinds of code helps you when you re learning a new feature What did you wish you knew back way back when you were starting with JavaScript There s plenty to do even if you re not a JavaScript expert check the values against those in the spec make sure all of the content from the MSDN page were imported or find great blog posts and articles Join us this week as we get the facts down provide clear information about the language and share the magic Check out the language elements and how the activities break down then let us know what you want to do by emailing the public list Posted in Community Content JavaScript Web Platform Wednesday Web Platform Wednesdays meet JavaScript Feb 07 2014 by Julee You ve been

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  • November | 2013 | Web Platform Blog
    what we accomplished Doug Schepers talk delivered from the East coast via Skype kicked things off Doug talked about the importance of the project and more poignantly why it was a good idea for everyone to give up their Saturday and venture out in the storm After Doug s talk I gave some quick background about WebPlatform you can see the slides on my share and what we were working on Then Alan Stearns spoke about what s happening in CSS how to edit a CSS property page and where to get help for editing MediaWiki Then we were off to the races We had only a few goals for the sprint Review CSS property pages that have been marked as done Review HTML element pages But that was plenty The low hanging fruit were the pages that just plain looked good and we found a lot of those Others were missing a value or example Some needed just a tad of editing In reviewing the pages some contributors felt more comfortable marking down in notes what needed further work some ran into issues in creating content but most just hit the edit button and just went for it The HTML elements were a little more uneven Some of the pages have received a great deal of love and looked bellisimo We gave some other pages a little extra TLC in order to make them as beautiful as that first set And there were times when working on some of the elements required working on some attribute pages as well so we did that too thanks apexskier A big shout out to all who attended and took part in the doc sprint This was a ridiculously hard working group of contributors I practically had to beg everyone to break for

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  • October | 2013 | Web Platform Blog
    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 Posted in Community Events Site News A Great First Year Oct 17 2013 by scottrowe 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 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

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  • September | 2013 | Web Platform Blog
    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 Paul has set us up to work in The Hub the perfect collaboration and community workspace right in the heart of the Jordaan neighborhood of central Amsterdam There will be food and drink provided Of course there will be cake We ll have a raffle and prizes for outstanding efforts as well as plenty of t shirts stickers and other swag We hope to see many of you who have attended other European doc sprints Julee from Adobe and I Scott from Google have booked our flights Paul Irish said he would try to be there if he survives the post Fronteers party I should mention here that past doc sprints have proven to be an excellent diversion whilst one is recovering from a night s libations or even just couple of days at a conference This is an excellent opportunity to connect with other web professionals collaborate on ideas and problems do some great documentation and celebrate We hope to see you there Oh did I mention there will be cake And because we love CC BY and attribution Lady Blogger with Her Maid After Vermeer by Mike Licht used under license CC BY 2 0 Prinsengracht Amsterdam by Aforaseem used under license CC BY 2 0 Junge Dame mit Blog und Mobiltelefon after Caspar Netscher by Mike Licht used under license CC BY 2 0 Posted in Uncategorized WPW Reading writing and CSS properties Sep 11 2013 by Eliot MSFT Are you finding it difficult to think about reference documentation when fall is in the air I stood in the playground at my son s school this morning watching the kids kick balls play hopscotch and text each other across the school yard The leaves on the trees were beginning to show the autumnal colors that mark the end of summer The bell rang marking the start of the day and the children grabbed their shiny backpacks from where they had dropped them They headed off into the school toward their individual classrooms prepared to face their lessons and assignments Likewise for us the halcyon days of summer have drawn to a close I left the playground and travelled until I walked up to the front door of my office building and took note of the leaves changing colors as well as my coworkers kicking balls around the parking lot and playing hopscotch on the sidewalk I though about the kerjillion leaves I will soon have to rake up and I literally sighed as I opened the door my laptop weighing heavily in my backpack But I am an optimist my friends and so I soon turned my frown upside down For the beginning of fall means heading back to school and work to dig into those special projects we ve recently neglected

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  • August | 2013 | Web Platform Blog
    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 Posted in Content Uncategorized Web Platform Wednesday Web Platform Wednesday text adornment Aug 07 2013 by Eliot MSFT 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 alignment adjust unsupported all space treatment obsolete unsupported but mentioned in the line layout specification block progression obsolete only IE 8 and later implements it prefixed kerning mode obsolete unsupported kerning pair threshold obsolete unsupported max font size obsolete unsupported min font size obsolete unsupported punctuation trim obsolete unsupported shape image threshold shape inside shape outside shape padding text height white space treatment obsolete unsupported word break inside obsolete unsupported wrap option wrap through 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 Posted in Web Platform Wednesday Tagged

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  • July | 2013 | Web Platform Blog
    IRC Channel or via email on the mailing list as there is always someone who will be happy to help Posted in Web Platform Wednesday Web Platform Wednesday Week 10 Animation Masking Jul 17 2013 by Lea This week s Web Platform Wednesday has a theme that every CSS geek will find exciting and many have been waiting for Animations and Masking CSS Animations need no introductions for many of you They are a pretty stable feature that allows designers to create anything ranging from simple transitions or incredibly complex animation effects bringing websites into the 4th dimension CSS Masking is much newer and has less browser support but it s not any less exciting It will allow authors to crop any CSS element in any possible shape defined through images Until now we could only do that in SVG but CSS Masking will bring this to the world of HTML content as well opening up a wide range of possibilities Since CSS Masking is new there is not much documentation material around it So if you help with those properties you will be one of the first few people documenting this If you like exploring new territory this is for you Don t worry if you don t have much time in your hands you don t need to write an entire page to help You can help to complete subsections of a page such as Basic facts Explanatory text Examples or Links and get credit for the sections you helped on Also you don t need to be an expert on these features to help You can study them and document them at the same time effectively helping both yourself and others learn more about them To view a full list of all properties we will be covering this week head over to the WPW page pick one or more properties you find interesting and want to help with and contact the coordinators through the webplatform IRC Channel or email on the mailing list to ensure you won t be doing duplicate work There is always someone willing to help so feel free to contact us if you have any questions problems feedback or just want to say hi A huge thank you to everyone who will contribute or has contributed in a previous WPW WebPlatform org could not even aspire to be great without this amazing community Posted in Community Content Web Platform Wednesday Web Platform Doc Sprint August 28th 2013 Zurich Switzerland Jul 10 2013 by Chris Mills 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

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  • June | 2013 | Web Platform Blog
    limits of features such as CSS Exclusions and Shapes this is the week for you to jump in And just in time for the latest Editor s Draft If you have an experimental browser available such as Chrome Canary or WebKit Nightly you can view demos such as The Raven and create your own There are some great explanations of CSS Exclusions out there such as Hans Muller s Growing and Shrinking Polygons Round One and Bem Jones Bey s Freeing the Floats of the Future From the Tyranny of the Rectangle But also if you happen to be going to the Seattle Doc Sprint this Saturday June 22 you can ask questions of Alan Stearns one of the editors of the CSS Exclusions and CSS Shapes specs He ll be there along with other special guests Not in Seattle this weekend No problem Come chat with us on the webplatform IRC Channel or on our public webplatform w3 org email list However you join do join Web Platform Wednesday this week as we continue to provide foundational and experimental content for our community Posted in Community Content Events Uncategorized Web Platform Wednesday Inaugural Doc Sprint for Seattle June 22 Jun 19 2013 by Eliot MSFT Webplatform org continues to grow in all facets breadth of content accuracy community health and site usefulness It s a testament to the vibrancy of our community that we now have almost twenty thousand registered users And though we are making great progress in building our community driven site that aims to become a comprehensive and authoritative source for web developer documentation there are still plenty of opportunities to make significant contributions Continue reading Posted in Community Content Events Site News Web Platform Wednesdays Week 6 Text Me Jun 12 2013 by NicdaCosta It

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  • May | 2013 | Web Platform Blog
    s pretty straightforward You can edit any or all of these for each article Basic facts such as overview table syntax and values Explanatory text such as the introduction summary usage and notes Examples with explanations Links to tutorials and other materials either inside WPD or on the wider web to the relevant specifications and cross linking keywords to other reference articles Review including flagging and unflagging To get started send a quick note declaring your interest on our public webplatform w3 org email list or ask for direction on our Freenode webplatform IRC channel or even our webplatform Twitter account Someone will help you get you started Each article has a coordinator managing it Check in with them just to make sure there s no duplication of effort and dig in We provide the link to the target article and to the definition of the property in the appropriate CSS spec Most tasks will be self explanatory but if you need help or guidance the coordinator is there for you Doug s post from last week summed up really nicely what this is all about so please give that a read if you want some more information about how this got started Posted in Community Content Web Platform Wednesday Web Platform Wednesdays May 08 2013 by Shepazu Documenting the web even just client side technologies is an enormous undertaking We can t do it alone and we can t do it all at once We want to send a clear signal to the web developer community about where our site is the most useful today where it s going next and when it will get there And to those who want to contribute we want to make it clear and easy how to help We also want to make sure that the content contributions are high quality To meet these goals we ve decided to focus on one main topic area at a time break it down into manageable morsels that can be accomplished in a week and systematically craft each article one at a time CSS properties are an area of rapid growth and great developer and designer interest and with the recent integration of our CSS property reference documentation into Brackets and other upcoming projects CSS properties seemed like a good place to start Though we have been working on the CSS properties here and there at doc sprints and whenever a few of us have the time we aren t moving fast enough We need a coordinated effort one that involves the larger community and one which makes use of an on going operating mechanism So each Wednesday we will announce a new set of CSS property articles that need work and ask for volunteers to pick a task for one or more articles work with the coordinator for that article and report back when it s ready for review This way we can systematically reach our goal of CSS property excellence by the end of

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