Shortcode UI Chat Summary, February 2nd

Attendees: @jdgrimes @danielbachhuber @samuelsidler @matth_eu @bobbingwide @michaelarestad

Full conversation:


  • Background: Fusion (a media company using WordPress) is using shortcodes increasingly to embed content within other content. Given the historically bad UXUX User experience for shortcodes, we thought we’d invest a bit of development effort. The primary pain points for shortcodes we’re solving are discoverability (what shortcodes are there), and usability (what arguments do I need for this shortcodeShortcode A shortcode is a placeholder used within a WordPress post, page, or widget to insert a form or function generated by a plugin in a specific location on your site.). @matth_eu (from Human Made) has done a substantial amount of development, along with other contributors.
  • We discussed whether, for pragmatic purposes, shortcodes are content blocks. Answer: Kind of, to a limited degree. We’d need to determine which types of shortcodes are safe to deal with.
  • Everyone agreed inline editing would be nice for the shortcodes that support it well, and take Shortcode UIUI User interface from good to great. @michaelarestad offered to do some wireframes.
  • @bobbingwide opened a number of GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. issues this morning that largely represent useful enhancements.
  • Because Shortcake makes use of JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. templates, @kaiser mentioned it would be nice to declare the templates as dependencies of specific scripts. @danielbachhuber agreed, and suggested opening a coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker..

Next chat: February 16, 2015 22:00 UTC (two weeks from now)

#shortcode-ui, #shortcodes