And the other guest committer for 4.4 is…

Now that he’s back from holiday, please join me in welcoming @afercia as a guest committercommitter A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component. for the 4.4 releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. cycle! Andrea (pronounced the proper Italian way) has been invaluable with the huge strides the 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) of WordPress has taken over the past several releases, lending his experience with accessibility methods and software and tenacity in iterating on patches. He’s also contributed many patches outside of accessibility changes as he’s gotten to know various parts of coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. We’ve had a hard time keeping up with all of his work in such an important area of web development, so it’s our pleasure to hand him a set of reins to keep it going.

In core TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress., we have many components and a number of what we’ve come to call focuses. Focus areas include things such as accessibility, UIUI User interface, and 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. https://www.javascript.com/., and span multiple components, if not all of them. Building up expertise and trust in a component or focus is critical to maintaining WordPress over time. Commit access is a wonderful thing, but even as committers, we rely heavily on the recommendations of component and focus maintainers to keep tickets and patches moving. Without them, we’d get a lot less done. Andrea is a shining example of how this flow can dramatically improve a specific area of WordPress in a relatively short period of time with continued plans for improvement, and we want to see more and more of this happening. If you’d like to get started with maintainership, please join us in the #core SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel and ask about it.

Congratulations, @afercia!

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