Dev Chat Summary: April 19th (4.7.4 week 7)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from April 19th (agendaSlack archive).

4.7.4 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. Timing

  • We pushed out that RC for 4.7.4 yesterday, please test it diligently
  • So far there’s been one bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. report on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. which is assigned to @azaozz: #40480: Cursor position bug when updating WPView shortcodeShortcode A shortcode is a placeholder used within a WordPress post, page, or widget to insert a form or function generated by a plugin in a specific location on your site. in 4.7.4 RC
  • Otherwise no apparent activity in the forums
  • If everything goes well the plan is to release 4.7.4 by tomorrow, Thursday, April 20th starting at 16.00 UTC


  • A few common themes coming up while we’ve been working on with using the REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) in the dashboard
  • In particular, a common need for date handling, 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., and 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. across various different components
  • The other two foci will either hit into this or already have, so we propose to coordinate on a common goal here (see: #39222, #20491, and #21170)
  • Propose that we nominate someone to coordinate efforts across these, including use in the GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. prototype
  • Potentially someone who can look at wider, longer term plans with JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. as well
  • Assumption that there’s a broad problem here, which is that we’re lacking coordination and direction for our JS stuff
  • It may help to start having coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.-js meetings to coordinate this, and/or for someone to take charge of the discussion
  • @aduth & @adamsilverstein will team up to lead this effort

General Announcements

  • #40462: Add placeholders to wp_login_form()
    • users in the Israeli WordPress community requesting feature
    • Previously #24324: Placeholder support to login form
    • Will add use cases to the ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. to explain why it would makemake A collection of P2 blogs at, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). sense
    • Otherwise mark it as a duplicate and keep discussion in one place

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