This Week in 4.2: April 6 – 12

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

We entered the Beta 4 stage of development last week. This week we’ll transition to Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). 1.

Weekly scrubs will continue this week on Tuesday and Wednesday using Report 6. The usual Friday scrub will be skipped this week.

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

Priorities this week:

Committers: please take a look at the list of tickets you own. This week we’ll be largely focused on getting high priority issues pushed in and low priority issues punted in preparation for tagging RC1.

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). (

  • #28820 – Focus isn’t clear when previewing an oEmbed from Add Media Panel
  • #31233 – Dismissable adminadmin (and super admin) notices

CustomizerCustomizer 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.

  • #31793 – Theme Switcher: Lazy load theme screenshots
  • #31889 – Customizer Theme Switcher: Section will be deactivated if search result is empty
  • #31896 – Customizer Theme Switcher: Live previewing a theme breaks on subfolder installs
  • #28784 – Improve the Customize experience on mobile


  • #30422 – Visual Editor Shortcuts for Headings Don’t Work in Safari 8.0 on OS X
  • #29558 – Alt+Shift shortcuts override character input

Make Flow:

  • #31611 – Scroll bleed in the attachment details modal on iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads.
  • #31609 – Scroll bleed through and scroll position loss in the view pluginPlugin 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 Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party details modal on iOS


  • #31903 – Changes to register_sidebar() May Lead to Data Loss
  • #31776I18ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill. optimizations for 4.2

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Notable updates from the last week:

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