JavaScript Chat Summary – December 18th

Below is a of the discussion from this week’s JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. chat (agendaSlack transcript).

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Next meeting

This is the last meeting of the year. The next meeting will be held on January 8.

WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. US contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus.

A lot of fruitful contributions and discussions happened during the WCUS contributor day:

  • @herregroen made some progress toward improvements in how JSDoc are extracted and surfaced to developer documentation. More info in this slack thread and core ticket.
  • A Pull Request bringing aXe 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). ( e2e testing 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. repository has been created. The folks at Deque published a blog post about their takeaways.

Node 10.x LTS

The new versions of Gutenberg packages now require Node 10 or newer. This is to align with our stated support to follow the LTS 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. cycle of Node.

ESlint Package

The first version of the @wordpress/eslint-plugin package including recommended WordPress ESLint configuration has been published. A post detailing all the guidelines bundled in this package has been shared.

Action items:

  • Clarify in the docs and the package.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. that the package requires eslint-plugin-react, eslint-plugin-jsx-a11y and eslint as peer dependencies.

JavaScript Documentation effort

There is an agreement that we need a bigger documentation effort to clarify some misunderstanding about the internals of Gutenberg.


  • If you have some technical knowledge and are interested in helping the documentation efforts, please have a look at this call for contributors.
  • Yoast is working on some extensibility APIs docs.

Documentation will be discussed further on the next meeting.

Open floor

  • @gziolo shared some efforts to improve the @wordpress/scripts package: A package used to 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). the WordPress tooling available to plugins and themes for external usage. The work in progress includes an e2e test command, a style lint command and a command to check the node requirements.
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