FAQ

What is sonar?

sonar is a linting tool for the web, with a strong focus on the developer experience: easy to configure, develop, and well documented.

sonar doesn’t want to reinvent the wheel. For that reason it tries to integrate other tools and services that do a great job, and contribute back where appropriate. For example, we are using aXe for accessibility, SSL Server Test for checking the certificate configuration, etc.

What is sonar’s goal?

We have a few:

  • Bring the community together to decide what best practices are in several areas.
  • Help web developers write the best possible code.
  • Clean up the web of bad practices.
  • Promote community tools and services that do an awesome job but could not be known by everybody.

What can I do to help?

There are lots of things you can do to make sonar better, from reviewing documentation, writting new one, filling bugs, triaging, coding, etc.

We will gladly accept any contribution you can do. Most of the issues in sonar should have a difficulty level. Also don’t hesitate to ask for help.

What browsers are supported?

sonar currently supports jsdom, Chrome, and Edge 15. We hope to add support for Firefox soon. If your favorite browser is not supported you can always develop a connector for it!

Is there a plugin for my favorite editor?

Editor plugins are not yet available, but it is high in our priority list.

Is there an online service?

Currently there isn’t an online service, but having one is part of our priorities for the v1.

Our logo is Nellie the narwhal. Narwhals are not only awesome but have one of the best sonars in the animal kingdom:

Narwhal echolocation beams may be the most directional of any species

Recordings of narwhal (Monodon monoceros) echolocation signals were made using a linear 16 hydrophone array in the pack ice of Baffin Bay, West Greenland in 2013 at eleven sites. An average -3 dB beam width of 5.0° makes the narwhal click the most directional biosonar signal reported for any species to date.

I don’t agree with one of your rules, how can I tell you?

Great, let’s make it better! You can open an issue here telling us what you think can be improved.