Hanni! You just posted something about a handbook status meeting but what’s actually happening with these mythical creatures?
Plugin Developer Handbook Stasis
We’ve now a proper (as opposed to acting) editor for the Plugin Developer Handbook, in the very capable form of Ben Lobaugh (@blobaugh).
. Ben and I are in the process of re-jigging the structure and existing to fit with the two-tiered goals of the handbooks. Watch this space! The new outline will be ready for the Docs Chat this week, Feb 20th.
With little policing of contributions over these past months, we’re in danger of creating two unwieldy information dumps as opposed to digestible handbooks.
A rough goal could be stated as providing an overview for each handbook such that:
i) The reader gets into the book and to show them how to build a simple theme, or plugin, so they can see how easy it is and get introduced to the necessary and basic building blocks.
ii) Then, once that overview is complete for each handbook we’ll proceed with more in-depth dives into each section as and when is necessary.
With the current state of the handbooks, we’ll be focusing on finessing (and constructing!) i) for the foreseeable future.
i. Plugin Developer Handbook
We have some great news about increased interest in contributing to the project! (Thanks to all those who
graciously caved in to my pestering are champing at the bit to give back and get involved.)
I’m so excited to announce that Woo are eager to give of their time to help the Plugin Developer Handbook effort, in particular: @scottbasgaard, @hlashbrooke, @mikejolley, and @corsonr. Thanks, Woo!
The guys at fooplugins, @bradvin and @awarner20, are also on board.
Thrilled to add that @trepmal, @shaunandrews, @johnny5 (tech reviewing), @westonruter, and @pcrumm have also kindly offered to give of their time, as and when they can.
Existing contributor @jackreichert is also eager to help with the renewed push.
With such a great bunch we should be able to get things moving at a good pace. I’ll be in touch will all of the above over the next few of days to make sure everyone has the correct access and is able to hit the ground running.
ii .Theme Developer Handbook
@philiparthurmoore is eager to work on the Theme Developer Handbook, as is @nudge – good news for the project! Thanks, you two.
Looking to get involved?
If you’re looking to help out with one of the handbooks, feel free to come to any of the weekly check-in meetings, ping myself or the editor for the handbook in question, leave a comment on this post, or join the regular weekly Docs Team chat.
Again, as noted in @kpdesign’s notes from last week’s chat, I take full responsibility for the stalling of the Handbooks. Onwards and upwards, folks!
Lastly, thank you to everyone who has given, and continues to give so much of their valuable time to what is truly a community effort.