WordPress 5.2.3 RC 1

WordPress 5.2.3 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). 1 (RC1) is now available for testing! So please do – every test helps the build get closer to the final 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.!

You have two options for testing the WordPress 5.2.3 release candidate: try the WordPress Beta Tester pluginPlugin 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 (you’ll want to select the point releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality. nightlies option), or download the release candidate here (zip).

What’s in this release?

5.2.3 features 29 bug and regression fixes, with some to the blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. editor, 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility), i18ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill., media, and administration.

Here’s the list:

  • #46899: Ensure that tables generated by the Settings 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. have no semantics
  • #47145: Feature Image dialog does not follow the dialog pattern
  • #47390: Improve accessibility of forms elements within some “form-table” forms
  • #47190: Twenty Seventeen: Native audio and video embeds have no focus state.
  • #47340: Twenty Nineteen: Revise Latest Posts block styles to support post content options.
  • #47414: Twenty Seventeen: Button block preview has extra spacing within button
  • #47543: Twenty Seventeen: buttons don’t change color on hover and focus
  • #47688: Color hex code in color picker displayed in RTL instead of LTR on RTL install (take 2)
  • #47693: customizerCustomizer 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. Color picker should get closed when click on color picker area.
  • #45739: Block Editor: $editor_styles 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..
  • #45935: A URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org in do_block_editor_incompatible_meta_box function does not have classic-editor__forget parameter
  • #47604: Undefined variable: locked in wp-adminadmin (and super admin)/edit-form-blocks.php
  • #47489: Emoji are substituted in preformatted blocks
  • #47079: Incorrect version for excerpt_allowed_blocks 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.
  • #47538: Minor Verbiage Update – Switch ‘developer time’ for ‘a developer’
  • #46757: Media TrashTrash Trash in WordPress is like the Recycle Bin on your PC or Trash in your Macintosh computer. Users with the proper permission level (administrators and editors) have the ability to delete a post, page, and/or comments. When you delete the item, it is moved to the trash folder where it will remain for 30 days.: The Bulk Media options when in the Trash shouldn’t provide two primary buttons
  • #46758: Media Trash: Primary button(s) should be on the left
  • #47113: Media views: dismiss notice button is invisible
  • #47458: Fix tab sequence order in the Media attachment browser
  • #47502: Media modal bottom toolbar cuts-off content in Internet Explorer 11
  • #47687: Use alt tags for gallery images in editor
  • #38415: New Custom Link menu item has a wrong fallback label
  • #47723: Adding a custom link in nav-menus.php doesn’t trim whitespace
  • #47888: Adding a custom link in menu via Customize doesn’t trim whitespace.
  • #47561: Plugin: View details popup layout issue
  • #47835: PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 requirement always set to null for plugins
  • #47386: Fix headings hierarchy in the legacy Custom Background and Custom HeaderHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. pages
  • #47603: My account toggle on admin bar not visible at high zoom levels
  • #47758: Font sizes on installation screen are too small

You can browse the full list of changes on Trac.

What’s next?

Committers: The dev-reviewed workflow (double-committercommitter A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component. sign off) is now in effect. That means it takes two committers to approve any changes to the 5.2 branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch"..

Plus, we have a hard string freeze until the official 5.2.3 release, scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 10:00 AM PDT

Happy testing!

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