This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from September 20th (agenda, Slack archive).
- 1 week until the feature project merge deadline, 2 weeks until Beta 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. 1
- Drafting and scheduling (#39896) has designs and is working through development
- Gallery widget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. (#41914) is now available in the Core Media Widgets feature plugin, so please test that as we plan to merge it into core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. next week
- Updating a plugin 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 via ZIP (#9757) or drag/drop (#24579) is not getting any traction, so they will likely be punted
- Review needed on #34115 to bring the ability to use oEmbed outside the context of posts
- This allows the Text widget to have embeds in it, as well as to be able to remove the restriction on the Video widget to only show YouTube and Vimeo
- Long list of Code Editor tickets that could use contributors
- Any tickets related to goals in the 4.9 Goals post should be prioritized
- Bug scrub post will be published with dates/times to scrub features and enhancements ahead of the Beta 1 deadline. If you’re interested in helping run a scrub, then please let @jbpaul17 know.
- User testing needed on #39693, especially running it through a battery of theme switching tasks; the goal is to improve the “it just works” experience
- Testing steps include installing a theme, populating sidebars with widgets, switching to another theme, and checking how the widgets appear in the newly switched theme
- If you switch back to the old theme, the sidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. widgets get restored
- Testing should be done when switching themes via the WP admin (and super admin) themes page, and also via live preview in the Customizer 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.
- Themes that have varying numbers of sidebars would be the key to test with. Switching from a theme with 2 sidebars, to one with 4, to another with 1, to another with 5, and so on.
- If you want to have a public test environment set up with the patch 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. to test, then please ping The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @westonruter