WordPress 4.9.8 Beta 1

It’s that time again, we have a new beta release package for 4.9.8, and we’d love your help testing it out. It’s important to makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, 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). sure that a 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. is fully tested and bugs are squashed. If you’re new (or it’s been a while) you can checkout the guide for helping to test a 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. version.

This beta release contains 21 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, 9 enhancements and 2 blessed tasks. The purpose of this release has been to focus on additional enhancements for privacy in WordPress (following up on the tremendous work done for 4.9.6), as well as adding a callout to try the new Gutenberg editing experience.

The work being done to introduce the “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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/” callout (#41316) is still in progress, and as such hasn’t been included in this first beta. Our plan (subject to change) is to release a second beta version once that’s ready, and once that hits we’ll ask for specific testing on the callout.

For the rest of the work, we’d love your help to make sure the enhancements and bug fixes are working as expected!

The 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 scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th, and the official release is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31st.

Bug Fixes

A full list of bugs fixed in 4.9.8 Beta can be found on Trac.

Bundled Theme

  • #44109 – TwentySeventeen backend editor: level 2 bulleted lists nested under numbered lists show numbers instead of bullets

Comments

  • #44141 – Privacy: Don’t replace comment author URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org and email with anything
  • #44342 – Commenter cookie consent message should not be displayed if the cookie action isn’t hooked

Customize

  • #44104 – Customize: Attempt to count uncountable value

Editor

  • #44341 – Replace _deprecated_function( ‘add_filter’ ) with apply_filters_deprecated()

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.

  • #43054 – wp_is_stream fails with stream definition containing nonascii chars

Login and Registration

  • #44052 – Missing parameter type for `login_header()`

Media

  • #43751 – 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”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/.: Attachments controller should respect “Max upload file size” and “Sitesite (versus network, blog) upload space” in 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
  • #44532 – Extreme memory leak related to wp_is_stream in wp-includes/functions.php in WordPress 4.9.7

Privacy

  • #44099 – Add Request Type into Adminadmin (and super admin) Email Subject for GDPR
  • #44195 – “Silence is golden” index.htmlHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. generates output
  • #44265 – Add 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. for email subject for erasure complete notification
  • #44353 – Replace `site_url( ‘wp-login.php’ )` in `wp_send_user_request()`
  • #44379 – GDPR filters should provide either $request or $request_id
  • #44382 – Filter the subject within _wp_privacy_send_request_confirmation_notification
  • #44396 – Inconsistent use of blogname and sitename in Privacy emails
  • #44590 – Remove “// WPCS:” comments

Rest API

  • #43874 – REST API: Only render fields specific to request when _fields= is used
  • #42691 – WP_Term_Query get_terms generates invalidinvalid A resolution on the bug tracker (and generally common in software development, sometimes also notabug) that indicates the ticket is not a bug, is a support request, or is generally invalid. sql queries
  • #44096 – REST API: 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. and term endpoints should use correct permission checks
  • #44330 – TinyMCE: do not force-load external TinyMCE plugins

Enhancements

A full list of enhancements in 4.9.8 beta can be found on Trac.

Posts, Post Types

  • #36085 – Add action hook to get_inline_data()

Privacy

  • #44006 – Privacy Policy page should have suffix like other special pages
  • #44025 – Privacy: Pagination screen options for the requests list tables
  • #44100 – GDPR Privacy Page setting allows for Draft Pages
  • #44131 – If draft page selected for Privacy Policy page should verbiage change from view to preview
  • #44181 – The input field id username_or_email_to_export should be something else on remove_personal_data page
  • #44373 – Add a privacy setting to disable comment cookie consent
  • #44321 – REST API: Expose revision count and last revision ID on Post response
  • #44287 – REST API: Declare user capability to perform actions using JSONJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML. Hyper Schema `targetSchema`

Blessed Tasks

A full list of blessed tasks in 4.9.8 beta can be found on Trac.

Emoji

  • #44339 – Emoji: Update Twemoji to 11.0

TinyMCE

  • #44134 – Update to TinyMCE 4.7.13
    • See the TinyMCE changelog.  WP 4.9.6 included TinyMCE 4.7.11, WP 4.9.8 beta 1 updated to TinyMCE 4.8.0.

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