The current release in progress is WordPress 6.5, expected for release on March 26th, 2024. This release is currently in Alpha status.The development schedule for WordPress 6.5 is still in development.

About Release Schedules

Releases are broken up into three phases: alpha, beta, and release candidate.

  • alpha: Development of new features and enhancements, broad tasks, bug fixes.
  • beta: Refinement of new features, but no additional features can be added. Bug fixes can continue.
  • release candidate: Continue refinement of new features, bug fixes can only be merged if they are fixes to new features. Double committer sign off required on all commits.

WordPress 6.5 Work in Progress

Key Goals

During the 6.5 release cycle, we’re particularly looking at a group of accessibility tasks opened in the past several years. These tasks have had considerable work done already, but need further research to identify what work remains.

We’re also working on an older task that has not previously had work done to implement improved accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. admin notices, following up from the implementation of new admin notice functions that are handling output and markup of these notices in core.