Re: Plan for getting core WPD content sorted out

On 1 Dec 2012, at 10:53, PhistucK <> wrote:

> I also think the core stuff should be finalized first. I think it should the top priority. That is what everyone (no exception) uses - and it is a huge mess.
> I am working on all of the DOM related reference pages for a while.
> I am not nearly finished, but I think I am making some good progress.
> However, I am not really adding content - I am really reorganizing it (taking page summaries from manual MSDN listings and removing those listings afterward, modernizing the MSDN examples, cleaning up weird 'out' MSDN parameters, moving non semantic standards information to the standards table and so on).
> I sometimes add some usage information and compatibility information (from caniuse, MDN and such), or write my own summary, but in the majority of cases, this does not really happen.

It is another thing that needs sorting out in a sensible way really.

> I am also scared of moving pages, because of the Semantic Wiki cross reference issues that it may cause (we really need a bot for fixing all of the links after a move, especially since we have agreed upon a URL system), so the old URL system is still very much in place (dom/objects/bla, dom/methods/bla…).

Julee and some others have been working on finalising the URL system I believe. Where did that get to? I'd say once the mess is sorted out, we will have something more solid and stable to work on.

Apart form that, essentially it is just a matter of checking to make sure there is nothing already at the URL you are intending to move something to. I don't think it lets you just overwrite pages anyway.

> One idea that I had in mind, is that the standards table should come from a list, with an option to either add to the list (like the current type system), or an option to add a custom one only to the page itself.
> The problem (sort of) is that standards have lots of editions, especially working draft ones. So the links to them should be dynamic or flexible somehow, with a automatic completion to the current version.
> (I admit I am sinning by always linking to the latest version, which can always change when it is a working draft (WHATWG HTML, W3C HTML5, DOM Level 3 Events, DOM Level 4, WHATWG DOM).)

I'd say that when quoting specs, really we need to link to both the stable version of the spec, but then also the latest experimental version. So you'd have something like

the <ul> element (Stable:HTML 4.01 | In progress:HTML5).

With "Stable:HTML 4.01" pointing to
and "In progress:HTML5" pointing to

Of course, if the item being talked about is part of a working draft or other non-stable document, we would just need to link to the latest experimental version

so something like

getUserMedia (In progress:Media capture and Streams).

linking to

Would something like this work? I'd be happy to spec it out and write a guideline.

> On Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM, Chris Mills <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was just thinking about this. I've seen some discussion going back and forth about adding documentation to WPD for stuff like Audio API and CSS regions. That's great, but surely we should concentrate more for a bit now on getting some of the existing HTML/CSS/JavaScript core stuff sorted out? Getting that core stuff in place is surely a higher priority than documenting nascent standards features that currently have limited browser support. I am happy to work with Julee and the others to formulate a plan for this.
> After I've got the high level page structures/IA/UX in a bit more working order over the next couple of weeks, I am happy to start contributing to the low level content myself.
> I'd say a general plan would be:
> * Split the content into areas of responsibility, e.g. CSS learning articles (concepts plus tutorials), CSS property references, CSS selector references, HTML learning articles, HTML element references, etc.
> * Assign those areas to individuals who can take responsibility for their tending
> * Get people working on those areas over the next couple of months. I'd say each domain area needs an editor and a proof reader, possibly a demo writer as well, as when Lea gets Dabblet in place, we'll need to install live demos on all the articles.
> Shall we discuss this at the general meeting on Monday?
> Chris Mills
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