Dev Chat Summary: March 21st (4.9.5 week 7)

This post is a summary of  the latest dev chat meeting which took place on March 21st (agenda– Slack archive).

Meeting time change

Due to Spring time change, the weekly coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. dev chat meeting will change from next week to be 20:00 UTC and held as usual in #core on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at

4.9.5 planning

WordPress 4.9.5 beta as been released Tuesday, March 20th.

There is 23 already fixed tickets and 2 blessed tasks. The milestone is clear. Some 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. fixes can still ship with 4.9.5 (before RC), but enhancements have to land in 4.9.6.

Release candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). is still scheduled for Tuesday, March 27th, around 23:00 UTC.

4.9.5 release following on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Updates from focus leads and component maintainers

The GDPR Compliance team continues to meet at 16:00 UTC on Wednesdays and have reached "critical mass" in #gdpr-compliance. The team have general ideas of what needs doing and how to do it. Next step would be to get more eyes on the GDPR related tickets.

Note the max-width caption revert coming in 4.9.5 (see Dev note).

Thursday, March 22 Support meeting was dedicated to plan the increase in support traffic from a forthcoming "Try 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." promo (see TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #41316).