Hello there! This is Last Week in WordPress Core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. for the week of April 8-April 14. Similar to last week, commits are included up to RC2, which was released today. In addition, maintenance releases 3.8.3 and 3.7.3 are available, and automatic updates are rolling out.
Customizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.
- Widgets: Properly handle widget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. settings when activating a previewed theme.  #27767
- Widgets: Account for a sidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. with no container to which classes can be added.  #27780
- Custom Headers: Fix image ordering.  #27791
- Custom Headers: Fix cropping when working with large images.  #27790
- Add color scheme support for widget choosers.  #27793
- Improve route handling and make
?theme= work.  #27708
- Revert to proxying through PHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher for WordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ API An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. requests to ensure we have valid installation nonces.  #27798
- Update TinyMCE to 126.96.36.199.  #27744
- Update TinyMCE paste plugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party to the latest development version. Improves Pasting from Word to remove inline comments and change tracking.  #27771
- Ensure vertical resizing and menubar show/hide are set to default for each TinyMCE instance.  #27724
- Stabilize MediaElement within TinyMCE, and avoid adding undo steps when the body of a wpView changes.  #27389
- Improve fallback compatibility for wpViews with IE7 and 8.   #27546
- In the Image Details modal, remember the last state of the advanced toggle.  #27366
- Add hooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same. for
wpeditimage TinyMCE plugin and Image Details modal. Includes
wp.media.events, which is intended to be a global media event bus.  #27698
- Apply new
add_image_size() cropping preferences to all sizes when image is saved in editor.  #19393
- Fix tabbing out of the title field on Media->Edit Media screen.   #27750
- Updates: Add a TTL to core update checks to allow us to narrow the 12-hour update window.  #27772
- User Query: Don’t blindly re-append new meta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. queries for capabilities.  #21119
- Avoid stomping of bulk postdata inside the
bulk_edit_posts() loop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. https://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop.. Reverts , which did not fix it for authors and comment/ping The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” status.  #27792
- RTL fixes for Login screen ( #27784), Themes screen ( #27779), TinyMCE ( #27773), and feature pointers ( #27778).
For the complete list of commits to trunk A directory in Subversion containing the latest development code in preparation for the next major release cycle. If you are running "trunk", then you are on the latest revision., check out the log on Trac. Release is scheduled for this Wednesday, so, the best way to help is to test! Please let us know if you run into problems in the Alpha/Beta forums or on trac.
Thanks to @azaozz, @dd32, @DrewAPicture, @ehg, @GaryJ, @gcorne, @helen, @jesin, @johnbillion, @kerikae, @kpdesign, @mattheu, @matveb, @melchoyce, @morganestes, @nacin, @ocean90, @Otto42, @pavelevap, @redsweater, @ryelle, @scottlee, @SergeyBiryukov, @siobhan, @westonruter, @wonderboymusic, and @yoavf for their help this week!