This Week in 4.2: March 2 – 8

This is the jump-start post for the seventh week of the WordPress 4.2 release cycle.

According to the project schedule, we are just about 10 away from BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. 1, which begins Wednesday, March 11th. The enhancements deadline is Tuesday, March 10th.

Twice-weekly bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. scrubs start this week on Mondays at 18:00 UTC, and Fridays at 16:00 UTC.

CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Meetings this week:

4.2 Feature Chats this week:

Priority tickets this week:

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). (

  • #26504 – Semantic elements for non-link links
  • #31487 – Semantic elements for non-link links: /wp-adminadmin (and super admin)/customize.php
  • #31476 – Semantic elements for non-link links: /wp-admin/includes/widgets.php
  • #23760 – Cannot use spacebar to trigger OK button or links in Publish widgetWidget 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. (eg. schedule settings)


  • #29993 – Media action links are cramped on small screens
  • #29992 – Cramped tagtag A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses tags to store a single snapshot of a version (3.6, 3.6.1, etc.), the common convention of tags in version control systems. (Not to be confused with post tags.) action links on small screens
  • #29989 – Hide Media Buttons on small screens
  • #31187 – Allow swiping the admin menu open and closed on touch devices

Posts seeking your feedback:

Notable updates from last week:

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