Tech giants like Google and Microsoft have partnered up and launched the Open Web Docs (OWD) to finance and contribute to Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) Web Docs initiative, a repo for developers.
- OWD's mission is to ensure "the long-term health of open web platform documentation on de facto standard resources like MDN Web Docs, independently of any single vendor or organization," Mozilla says. It will do so by funding the writing staff and helping manage communities and processes "that will deliver on present and future documentation needs." Major founding sponsors include Google, Microsoft, and Coil. Mozilla will serve as a member of the Open Web Docs steering committee.
- The initiative comes after the entire Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) writers team was laid off during a round of major layoffs at Mozilla last year. After that, Mozilla moved the entire Mozilla Developer Network documentation to GitHub before forming OWD.
- OWD is not a replacement for MDN Web Docs, but rather a project to make sure the writing staff continues to be paid, Mozilla emphasizes. MDN Web Docs remains at developer.mozilla.org, providing API documentation and guides.