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History of MDN Web Docs
The MDN Web Docs (previously Mozilla Developer Network (MDN), previously Mozilla Developer Center (MDC), a.k.a. Devmo) project started in early 2005, when the Mozilla Foundation obtained a license from AOL to use the original Netscape DevEdge content. The DevEdge content was mined for still-useful material, which was then migrated by volunteers into this wiki so it would be easier to update and maintain.
The name was changed to MDN Web Docs in June 2017. See The Future of MDN: A Focus on Web Docs for the rationale behind this decision.
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