Open Web Docs: What it Means for Web Development?

Open Web Docs What it Means for Web Development

Mozilla has established the Open Web Docs organization, aimed at continuing to support the MDN (Mozilla Developer Network) project as a single platform for publishing documentation for web developers, covering technologies supported in modern browsers, including JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and various Web APIs. In August 2020, the entire MDN team was laid off during the reduction of Mozilla’s staff. Since then, corrections and additions to the documentation have been made by individual enthusiasts.

With the help of the Open Web Docs organization, an attempt was made to attract interested companies to co-finance authors engaged in writing and maintaining up-to-date documentation in MDN. Open Web Docs will allow you to make MDN funding independent, and the project itself is not tied to individual companies. The main sponsors of Open Web Docs have already included Google, Microsoft, Coil and Igalia, which together contributed 620 thousand US dollars.

How is Open Web Docs Useful For us?

Open Web Docs works tightly with available platforms instead, and its current priority is to contribute to MDN Web Docs. This is a really rewarding project, in terms of the fact that it was designed to provide the long-term productivity of web Platform documentation on standard resources, regardless of any single vendor or organization. Through its staff, community management, and network of Open Web Docs partner organizations, it enables these resources to better support and maintain documentation on core Web platform technologies.

What is its Purpose?

Open Web Docs tries to improve existing platforms through its contributions, rather than creating new document sites. Nyman adds that their priority in 2021 is to “include working with Mozilla’s MDN writers and engineers to support the recent infrastructure transition and to prioritize and move forward with key documentation work, developing a community of contributors around core web technology documentation, browser compatibility data, and improving JavaScript documentation”.

Note: The release of Firefox 85 officially took place on January 26 in the evening.  Announcement which was made on January 25 on hacks.mozilla.org was published by mistake and immediately withdrawn, the processes of distributing archives to mirrors and preparing the infrastructure for release have not yet been completed.


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