This Week in 4.2: March 16 – 22

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

We entered the Beta 1 stage of development last week. We should transition to 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. 2 later this week.

Thrice-weekly scrubs will continue this week on Tuesday (bugs), Wednesday (tasks), and Friday (Report 6).

For those following the Press This feature, the SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel has been renamed from #feature-pressthis to #coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.-pressthis and will be used for general Press This component maintenance and discussion going forward.

Core 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). (

  • #30556 – Modern widgets default wrapper
  • #31527 – Bundled themes: Add ARIA attributes to menu toggle
  • #30468 – wplink modal accessibility
  • #31546 – Press This and adminadmin (and super admin) 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.) metaMeta 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.-box: use aria-describedby to improve accessibility


  • #31187 – Allow swiping the admin menu open and closed on touch devices
  • #29906 – Submenus can’t be dismissed on mobile
  • #31233 – Dismissable admin notices

Posts seeking your feedback:

Notable updates from last week:

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