First I’d like to thank @drewapicture for his outstanding work in 4.2! I was particularly impressed with his ability to keep meetings on track and in time, I’ll work on making sure that won’t change going forward. 🙂 A lot of the structure and artifacts he put in place have been proven quiet successful and I’d like to continue that, so you shouldn’t see too much change in that regard either.
We’re aiming to release on Tuesday, August 18th. The 4.3 schedule is live and can be found here: https://make.wordpress.org/core/version-4-3-project-schedule/
Deadlines are not arbitrary, and with your help I fully intend to get this version shipped comfortably on the 18th. Past releases have been quite good about releasing on time, let’s make that a signature trait of the WordPress project!
WordPress 4.3 will be all about enabling users of touch and small-screen devices. @ryan has been testing flows on a myriad of different devices the past few releases and uncovered many things that desperately need attention.
@joedolson has published a post over on make/accessibility about a11y 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) priorities.
If you see anything that sparks your interest feel free to leave a comment here and attend the kickoff meeting tomorrow, when we go through the list of things that were suggested. Specifically, Admin UI can will need a lot of hands. The meeting will also be a good time to suggest additional areas that you want to work on.
We’ll kick 4.3 off with a 2-hour meeting in #core at the usual time, April 29, 20:00 UTC.