Dev Chat Summary: October 12 (4.7 week 8)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from October 12th (agenda, Slack archive).


Feature Proposals for 4.7

  • REST API: Content API (@kadamwhite)
    • REST API Team Update
    • Content 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. endpoints have been stable for some time and now have the missing functionality established at the start of this development cycle
    • We pitched merging in the OAuth 1 server alongside those content endpoints, to simplify the process of authenticating from remote applications
    • The auth method in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. right now is cookie/nonce-based, so it’s available to any code running within the same domain as the main WordPress install and leverages the existing login cookie
    • plugins and themes that utilize JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. to enhance the editing experience within their adminadmin (and super admin) UIUI User interface have full read/write access, restricted to the capabilities of the authenticated user
    • External applications, e.g. a mobile app, desktop app or external server, would have read-only access
    • readers, aggregators, etc are possible without authentication, and more complex read-write apps can be written by installing one of the available authentication plugins, of which OAuth is but one
    • Reference for options and when/how to use
    • 90 contributors for the rest-api 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
    • automated test coverage currently at 90.44%
    • 37 more open tickets
    • weekly meeting on Monday at 1400UTC in #core-restapi
  • Discovering and installing themes in the customizer (@celloexpressions)
    • Related Make/Design and Make/Flow posts, but best to post all feedback to the Make/Core feature proposal
    • Working through 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). ( feedback, but it’s a bit unclear what’s specific to this feature versus the 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. in general, and which issues are also present in the admin theme installer
    • Haven’t heard anything from polyglots, security (unlikely to have any issues), or docs
    • There is one known 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. concern where we’ll need a compromise until we have JS i18n in core
    • @celloexpressions to do a final iteration to pick up any remaining feedback on Thursday, then pass to @westonruter for the code review process
  • Custom CSS with live previews (@celloexpressions)
    • seems to have decent support as a feature, with the biggest question in the comments being how to store and output the CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets.
    • CSS is output from the db via a style 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.), use of `style` tag is key for targeting for `postMessage` live preview
    • Post-based storage allows for revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. built in (ensuring that there are hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same. for a plugin that wants to write a file would alleviate many concerns)
    • CSS is theme-specific in the proposal for this, with a post object for each theme that has CSS
    • Scheduling a meeting to go through these concerns and make a decision, coordination to occur in #core-customize
  • Customize Changesets (née Transactions) (@westonruter)
    • Technical Post (audience is developers who have extended the customizer significantly, as there may be impacts to any heavy customizer integrations since changesets touches some very low-level stuff in the customizer)
    • Users will be able to bookmark a customizer session since the changeset UUID will be part of the URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL
    • Theme switches will no longer result in changes being lost (no more AYS dialog)
    • a few other open questions and issues that have been noted


  • Customize (@westonruter, @celloexpressions)
  • Twenty Seventeen (@davidakennedy, @melchoyce)
    • Latest theme update
    • Theme: This week, there has been a lot of testing after the initial design implementation was merged last week. One week to go and the focus is on three specific enhancements to come to a conclusion on: custom colors, SVGs for icons and more use of flexbox.
    • Multi-panel feature: a patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing. exist, and it’s been iterated on a lot. This is close to being ready for being considered for merge. It needs more code review and a look by other teams (accessibility for one).
    • Video headers feature: we have an mvp defined,  a new patch started and @celloexpressions will work on the Customizer part of it. This is not as far along, but could be ready by the deadline.
    • A lot of issues need to be punted or moved on. Tracking everything toward merge for Twenty Seventeen via GitHub milestone.
    • Will generate a merge proposal for the theme by Monday if not sooner. Will have brief daily check-ins/meetings for the theme until the proposal is posted.
    • @celloexpressions: visual edit icons in the customizer (#27403) are probably happening but won’t need a proposal there since the implementation is straightforward.
    • @helen: will follow up on #38114
    • 29 contributors on Twenty Seventeen
    • Team would appreciate any PR reviews on the theme, eyes on the multi-panel ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker., and testing with all kinds of devices and browsers.
    • Next steps: (1) Focus on feedback/iteration for these big enhancements: custom colors, SVGs for icons and more use of flexbox. (2) Triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. necessary items into merge milestone. (3) Close as much as possible
    • Next meeting Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 1:00 PM CDT in #themereview
  • Media (@mikeschroder, @joemcgill)
  • i18n (@swissspidy)
  • Editor (@azaozz, @iseulde)
  • HTTPSHTTPS HTTPS is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is especially helpful for protecting sensitive data like banking information. (@johnbillion)
    • Next meeting Friday, October 14, 2016, 11:00 AM CDT in #core-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.

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