MDN/Doc Sprints/2013April

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Over April 26-28 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) the Mozilla Developer Network team will host a documentation sprint in Mozilla's Vancouver office. Remote participation and meet-ups are also encouraged.

What's MDN?

The Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) is one of the most popular documentation resources for developers on the Web.

As an open, community-driven wiki, MDN provides Web developers, designers, application developers, and extension and theme writers with access to the best documentation, tutorials and developer tools available. Anyone can add and edit content to make it even better. It’s used by developers building resources for a better Web, regardless of brand, browser or platform.

What's a Doc Sprint?

A document sprint is a short time period, usually two to three days, when people from the community gather for focused effort on writing documentation for MDN.

Who's invited?

MDN doc sprints are open to anyone. For this one, we're expecting to have most of Mozilla's full-time writers, some volunteer contributors, and some Mozilla developers in attendance. But it's also open to any local attendees who have an interest in contributing to MDN, whether or not they're employed by Mozilla, and whether or not they've contributed to MDN before.

Doc sprints are a great opportunity for people who might want to contribute to MDN to get started, in a place where they can easily get help from the other attendees. You can attend for the whole three days, or any part of the sprint.

We're limited, though, by the capacity of the space: we can fit around 20 people in the communal area of the office, and are already expecting 12 attendees, so we could host 8 more people. If we get a lot of interest, though, we'll try to open up more space.

If you'd like to attend, please contact Janet (jswisher at mozilla dot com) or Ali (aspivak at mozilla dot com).


The following are the times when in-person sprinters are going to be working. Remote sprinters are welcome to work outside these hours, whenever is convenient in your time zone.

  • Friday Apr 26: 9:30am to 5:30pm PT (16:30 Fri to 00:30 Sat UTC)
  • Saturday Apr 27: 9:00am to 4:00pm PT (16:00 to 23:00 UTC)
  • Sunday Apr 28: 9:30am to 5:00pm PT (16:30 to 00:00 UTC)

You are welcome to start earlier or continue later, but this time frame is when you are likely to find other people online working on MDN. Obviously, you do not have to participate the entire time; drop in when it's convenient, and sleep when you need to.


Etherpad for notes

There are two major topics to focus on:

  • Web Workers
  • Web device APIs

We need to improve the reference pages, and create or enhance tutorial and guides for these topics.

Contributions on other topics are, of course, also welcome.

Suggest a topic, either that you want to work on, or that you'd like to see done by someone.

Helpful information


Mozilla Office

163 W Hastings St Suite 209
Vancouver BC V6B 1H5 Canada

Lunch will be catered in the office for the doc sprint, Friday-Sunday.


Delta Vancouver Suites
550 W Hastings St Vancouver, BC V6B 1L6, Canada
+1 604-689-8188

If you're staying at the hotel, you should have received your confirmation number by email.

The hotel is 3-4 blocks, about 300 meters, from the office.

Rooms include access to the Club Lounge (where they serve continental breakfast as well as afternoon snacks, which is included in the room rate) and free Wifi, and will be paid through a Mozilla account, so you won't need to pay for your stay. They will likely ask for a crdit card for "incidentals" like the minibar, though.

We'll meet in the hotel lobby & head over to the office at 8:45 am & generally finish up around 5 or 6 pm. Breakfast in the club lounge at the hotel - please eat breakfast in the Lounge and not in the hotel restaurant, as that will be charged to you.

Getting to/from the hotel

Train: From the airport you can take the Canada Line directly to Waterfront station (Granville and West Hastings). Cost $3.75 ($2.50 after 6 pm and on weekends.). Ticket kiosks available at the train station. Schedule & info:

Car Service: RJ Travels (Gurvinder) now serves the Vancouver (YVR) airport. Charges bill directly to Mozilla. Airport transfers can be arranged by emailing Gurvinder at Say you are from Mozilla and would like to arrange car service & include your arrival/departure information (you can do arrival and departure in one email)

Cabs: A cab from the airport takes 25 minutes and costs around $30. Most cabs in Vancouver take credit cards.

Evenings (dinner & entertainment)

Revel Room @ 6:30
238 Abbott St Vancouver, BC V6B 2K8, Canada

Saturday: Tour of Granville Island & dinner in Yaletown
Aquabus from Plaza of Nations > Granville Island @ 4:30pm
Aquabus from Granville Island > Davies Street @ 7pm
Honjin @ 8pm
138 Davie St Vancouver, BC V6Z 2V4, Canada

Irish Heather @ 7pm
210 Carrall Street

Breakfast each day will be in the Club Lounge at the hotel & lunch will be provided at the Mozilla office


If you're planning to participate, please add your name, IRC nickname and/or MDN user name, and what you'd like to work on, below (you need to create an account on this (spam-free) wiki in order to edit it):

Name IRC nick MDN ID Topic(s)
Janet jms jswisher copyediting, cleanup
Will wbamberg wbamberg Developer tools homepage
Mark markg MarkGiffin app payments, WebAPIs
Sheppy sheppy Sheppy All the things
Rahel B. Content strategy, etc.
Jeremie Jeremie Jeremie WebAPIs
Frédéric FredB FredB TBD
Andy McKay andym amckay App payments (Friday only)
Dan Scott dbs dbs TBD (Friday only - remote)
Florian Scholz fs Elchi3 DevDocNeeded
Aras Balali arasbm arasbm Apps/Firefox OS Apps
Mounir Lamouri mounir mounirlamouri Web APIs