Week in Core, Jan. 12-19 2016

Welcome back to the latest issue of Week in CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., covering changes from January 12th – January 19th, 2016, changesets [36269][36350]. Here are the highlights:

  • 81 commits
  • 38 contributors with props
  • 127 tickets created
  • 19 tickets reopened
  • 100 tickets closed

Ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. numbers based on trac timeline for the period above.

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Code Updates

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)

  • After [36333] correctly use esc_attr() instead of esc_attr__(). [36334] #35313
  • Remove title attributes from the Posts list table. [36333] #35313, Media Library list table. [36331] #35136 & the Comments screen. [36298] #35304
  • Improve focus handling on the Taxonomies Quick Edit. Moves focus back to a proper place when saving or closing the form. [36304] #35460
  • Improve focus handling and audible feedback on the Posts Quick-Bulk Edit. Avoids a focus loss when saving or closing the form moving focus back to a proper place. Uses wp.a11y.speak() to dispatch successful edits and error messages to screen readers. [36303] #34756

Administration

  • CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets.: Reference the original location of the CSS rule being overridden. [36342] #35229
  • CSS: Stop using wp-admin.min.css and instead queue the individual stylesheets up through load-styles.php. We still generate the wp-admin.* files for compabitility purposes, however they only include the @import() lines. [36341] #35229
  • List Tables: Use the $GLOBALS array when unsetting the global post and comment in WP_Comments_List_Table::single_row(). [36339] #35506
  • Allow searching for 0 throughout the adminadmin (and super admin). [36302] #31025
  • Add a “Drag boxes here” message to empty dashboard 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. boxes so it’s clear to users that it’s possible to drag meta boxes into empty spaces. [36295] #26399
  • Support searching for '0' in WP_Query. [36278] #31025

Build/Test Tools

  • Build/Test Tools: Move PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 factory classes into their own files. [36347] #35492\
  • Build Tools: Append the timestamp to $wp_version instead of only the current date. [36315] #28722

Canonical

  • After [36280] remove the unit tests which are no longer supported for 4.4. This also removes the is_feed() code to avoid confusion – only pages & embeds will be redirected. [36281] #35344
  • Restore the is_404() check in wp_old_slug_redirect() which was removed in [34659]. This reverts part of [34659] due to excessive canonical problems it’s caused in 4.4.x. [36280] #35344, #21602

Comments

  • Ignore false values of ‘search’ in WP_Comment_Query. [36345] #35513
  • Remove unused $default_comments_page variable in get_comment_link(). [36343] #34073, #35511
  • Correct description of comment_author property in WP_Comment class. The comment_author property is the comment author’s name, not an ID. [36332] #35464
  • Respect all post-related filters in WP_Comment_Query. [36326] #35478
  • Use TEXT column type in fallback for wp_get_comment_column_max_length(). [36325] #10377
  • Respect custom pagination params when using wp_list_comments() in a query loopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. https://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop.. [36324] #35402
  • Remove unneeded $req variable in comments_template(). [36322] #35473
  • Add a new pre_wp_update_comment_count_now filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output.. [36318] #35060
  • Use assertEqualSets() in comment_author test. The previous assertion was too specific, resulting in race conditions. [36279] #35377
  • Use the post-filter WHERE clause when querying for comment descendants. [36277] #35192
  • Always respect $comments array passed to wp_list_comments(). [36276] #35175, #35356
  • Ignore hierarchy in pagination calculation when comment threading is disabled. [36275] #8071, #35419
  • Restrict the maximum characters for input fields within the comments template. [36272] #10377

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.

Embeds

  • Allow embedding static front pages and pages having a child page with an embed slug. This makes embed a special slug that can’t be used for new pages/posts. When https://example.com/foo/embed/ is an existing page, embeds fall back to https://example.com/foo/?embed=true. Adds unit tests. [36307] #34971

Filesystem APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways.

Formatting

  • Emoji: adjust $wpsmiliestrans. Swap simple-smile.png with SLIGHTLY SMILING FACE and frownie.png with SLIGHTLY FROWNING FACE [36336] #31710

HTTPHTTP HTTP is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web and this protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted, and what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands. API

  • Add response status code aliases on WP_Http for convenience. These provide a more descriptive way to set response codes elsewhere, so it’s readable and less chance for the wrong response code to be used such as 401 vs 403. [36294] #35426
  • Add missing HTTP status code descriptions (specifically 308 and 421.) [36274]
  • Add support for 451 http status code (Unavailable For Legal Reasons.) Though this is technically still in the proposal stage, there is support from the core team and precedent in #16914 [36273] #16914, #35333

I18ni18n 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.

  • Introduce tests for WP_Locale. [36292] #34688
  • Correct an argument description and return value for wp_dropdown_languages(). [36290] #35294

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/.

  • In wp.Backbone.Subviews, extract subviews with proper Underscore.js functions. [36305] #34350
  • jQuery: Replace use of deprecated methods and events. [36288], [36287], and [36286] for #35380,
  • External Libraries: Update jQuery to 1.12.0 and jQuery Migrate to 1.3.0. [36285] #35380

Media

  • Update some attach/detach strings in the columns view. [36328] #33237

Multisitemultisite Used to describe a WordPress installation with a network of multiple blogs, grouped by sites. This installation type has shared users tables, and creates separate database tables for each blog (wp_posts becomes wp_0_posts). See also network, blog, site

  • Add initial tests for the allowed_themes filter. [36350] #28436

Networknetwork (versus site, blog) and Sites

  • Clarify the docblockdocblock (phpdoc, xref, inline docs) for get_current_site() so it’s clear that it returns the current network object, not anything to do with the current site. As a further exercise, the reader is invited to fix the nomenclature surrounding blogs, sites, and networks in WordPress. [36293] #35414

Performance

  • Share post fixture in WP_Comment_Query tests. [36346] #30017
  • Script Loader: Add Etag: $wp_version headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. in load-scripts.php and load-styles.php. This improves performance since browsers won’t re-download the scripts and styles when there was no change in $wp_version. [36312] #28722

Plugins

  • Prevent a warning when searching in the plugins list table. [36301] #35461
  • Make sure the ‘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. testing’ tab is first in the 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party installer. This makes feature plugins more discoverable for people running development builds. [36297] #29631
  • In _get_plugin_data_markup_translate() remove the fallback to the “default” textdomain for Akismet. Akismet has its own language files since WordPress 3.9. [36283] #35436

Posts, Post Types

TaxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies.

  • Don’t double-escape the ‘name’ param in get_terms(). [36348] #35493
  • Populate term cache with proper clone of term objects. [36323] #35462
  • Fix unit tests after [36308]. [36309] #34988
  • Introduce wp-admin/term.php for editing single terms. [36308] #34988
  • Correct the accetped types for the taxonomy element in the arguments passed to wp_dropdown_categories(). [36289] #35446

Themes

  • Show template loading error to users with switch_themes cap. [36344] #21931
  • Only users with proper capability should see theme errors. [36338] #21931
  • Show an error message to logged-in users if a template file isn’t loaded. [36335] #21931
  • Clear floated theme cards on Themes page. Also maintains visual separation for Broken Themes table on searches that return no results. [36270] #26646

Upgrade/Install

  • Add a locking mechanism to avoid two concurrent updates of WordPress occuring. [36349] #34878

Users

  • Always return $current_user in wp_get_current_user(), never a boolean. [36313] #19615
  • Deprecate the get_currentuserinfo() pluggable function. [36311] #19615
  • Decode special characters in password and email change notification emails. [36306] #35283

Props

Thanks to @5um17, @adamsilverstein, @afercia, @andizer, @berengerzyla, @boonebgorges, @chriscct7, @danielbachhuber, @dd32, @DrewAPicture, @ericlewis, @firebird75, @grapplerulrich, @iseulde, @ivankristianto, @jeremyfelt, @jmdodd, @joehoyle, @johnbillion, @jrf, @kraftbj, @Latz, @meitar, @MikeHansenMe, @obenland, @ocean90, @peterwilsoncc, @rachelbaker, @realloc, @rmccue, @scribu, @sebastianpisula, @sergejmueller, @SergeyBiryukov, @swissspidy, @valendesigns, @westonruter, and @xavortm for their contributions this week!

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