Dev Chat Summary: April 10


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5.2 updates

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. 3 is Thursday, April 11th; target 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 April 30, so focus is on final pushes.

Bug Scrubs

There are two planned 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. scrubs prior to RC1. Check the post here for the schedule.

Dev Notes

Deadline for dev notes is this Friday, April 12.

Two were published on Make/Core; two more went up to Make/Themes but consensus was to move to Make/Core after some discussion. Three to four more are in the pipeline for Friday. A post on the new Sitesite (versus network, blog) Health tool from @clorith will also get the dev-notes tagtag A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses tags to store a single snapshot of a version (3.6, 3.6.1, etc.), the common convention of tags in version control systems. (Not to be confused with post tags.).

@earnjam noted the choices for what needs notes are coming from this Trac list and this Gutenberg list.

All 5.2 dev notes will go in the Field Guide, which will go live with the RC on April 17.

@jeffpaul has volunteered to help with the Field Guide.

Per the notes @williampatton wrote for 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)./Themes: @chanthaboune clarified that she thought the best plan was to move all dev notes to Make/CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. to keep them all together and ensure broader reach.

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.

Deadline for Gutenberg changes to make 5.2 is also Friday, April 12. This is limited to bug fixes only.

Open Floor

Visibility of Dev Notes

@xkon started a discussion on the best way to surface dev notes for easiest access. He and other folks are now looking for All The Links and will comment on this post with their findings.

From there we’ll revisit the issue and use it to inform any changes to Make/Core and what we put on a proposed Core Contributor Handbook page.

WP Translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization. Day

@jeffpaul noted we’re just about a month out from WP Translation Day on May 11.


@milana_cap put out a request for someone to lead the Core PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 team at WCEU 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.

Important dates

@chanthaboune closed with a list:

  • April 11 – WordPress 5.2 Beta 3 + soft string freeze
  • April 12 – Dev notes deadline
  • April 15 – WCUS Speaker application deadline
  • April 15 – Gutenberg 5.5 RC
  • April 17 – Gutenberg 5.5 Final
  • April 17 – WordPress 5.2 RC1 + hard string freeze (edited)

Props to @marybaum for writing this summary.

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