The 100% Markdown ExpeditionIn June 2021, we decided to start converting the source code for MDN web docs from HTML into a format that would be easier for us to work with. The goal was to get 100% of our manually-written documentation converted to Markdown, and we really had a mountain of source code to climb for this particular expedition.
Merging two GitHub repositories without losing commit historyHow do you merge two Git repositories without losing history? This post will take you through the step-by-step process.
Neural Machine Translation Engine for Firefox Translations add-onFirefox Translations is a website translation add-on that provides an automated translation of web content. In this article, we will discuss the technical challenges around the development of the translation engine and how we solved them to build a usable Firefox Translations add-on.
Fuzzing rust-minidump for Embarrassment and Crashes – Part 2For the last year, we've been working on the development of rust-minidump, a pure-Rust replacement for the minidump-processing half of google-breakpad. The final part in this series takes you through fuzzing rust-minidump.
Hacks Decoded: Bikes and Boomboxes with Samuel AboagyeSamuel Aboagye is a genius. Aboagye is 17 years old. In those 17 years, he’s crafted more inventions than you have, probably. Among them: a solar-powered bike and a Bluetooth speaker, both using recycled materials. We caught up with Aboagye over video chat in hopes that he’d talk with us about his creations, and ultimately how he’s way cooler than any of us at 17.
Everything Is Broken: Shipping rust-minidump at Mozilla – Part 1For the last year, we've been working on the development of rust-minidump, a pure-Rust replacement for the minidump-processing half of google-breakpad. The first in this two-part series explains what minidumps are, and how we made rust-minidump.
Training efficient neural network models for Firefox TranslationsThe Bergamot project is a collaboration between Mozilla, University of Edinburgh, Charles University in Prague, the University of Sheffield, and University of Tartu with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It brings MT to the local environment, providing small, high-quality, CPU optimized NMT models. The Firefox Translations web extension utilizes proceedings of project Bergamot and brings local translations to Firefox. In this article, we will discuss the components used to train our efficient NMT models.
Common Voice dataset tops 20,000 hoursThe latest Common Voice dataset, released today, has achieved a major milestone: More than 20,000 hours of open-source speech data that anyone, anywhere can use. The dataset has nearly doubled in the past year. Mozilla’s Common Voice seeks to change the language technology ecosystem by supporting communities to collect voice data for the creation of voice-enabled applications for their own languages.
MDN Plus now available in more regionsAlmost a month ago, we announced MDN Plus, a new premium service on MDN that allows users to customize their experience on the website.
Adopting users’ design feedbackOn March 1st, 2022, MDN Web Docs released a new design and a new brand identity. Overall, the community responded to the redesign enthusiastically and we received many positive messages and kudos. We also received valuable feedback on some of the things we didn’t get quite right, like the browser compatibility table changes as well as some accessibility and readability issues.
Mozilla partners with the Center for Humane TechnologyWe’re pleased to announce that we have partnered with Center for Humane Tech, a nonprofit organization that radically reimagines the digital infrastructure. Its mission is to drive a comprehensive shift toward humane technology that supports the collective well-being, democracy and shared information environment.
Performance Tool in Firefox DevTools ReloadedIn Firefox 98, we’re shipping a new version of the existing Performance panel. This panel is now based on the Firefox profiler tool that can be used to capture a performance profile for a web page, inspect visualized performance data and analyze it to identify slow areas.
Introducing MDN Plus: Make MDN your ownMDN is one of the most trusted resources for information about web standards, code samples, tools, and everything you need as a developer to create websites. In 2015, we explored how we could expand beyond documentation to provide a structured learning experience. Our first foray was the Learning Area, with the goal of providing a […]
Mozilla and Open Web Docs working together on MDNFor both MDN and Open Web Docs (OWD), transparency is paramount to our missions. With the upcoming launch of MDN Plus, we believe it’s a good time to talk about how our two organizations work together, and if there is a financial relationship between us. Here is an overview of how our missions overlap and how they differ, and how a premium subscription service fits all this.
Announcing Interop 2022Writing high quality standards is a necessary first step to an interoperable web platform, but ensuring that browsers are consistent in their behavior requires an ongoing process. Browsers must work to ensure that they have a shared understanding of web standards, and that their implementation matches that understanding.
A new year, a new MDNIf you’ve accessed the MDN website today, you probably noticed that it looks quite different. We hope it’s a good different. Let us explain!
Version 100 in Chrome and FirefoxChrome and Firefox will reach version 100 in a couple of months. This has the potential to cause breakage on sites that rely on identifying the browser version to perform business logic. This post covers the timeline of events, the strategies that Chrome and Firefox are taking to mitigate the impact, and how you can help.
Improving the Storage Access API in FirefoxBefore we roll out State Partitioning for all Firefox users, we intend to make a few privacy and ergonomic improvements to the Storage Access API. In this blog post, we’ll detail a few of the new changes we made.