Dev Chat Summary: October 30th 2019

This post summarizes the weekly dev chat meeting from October 30th 2019 (agenda / Slack Archive).


WordPress version 5.3 Release Candidate 3 was released on Tuesday. Everyone please help by testing out the RCrelease 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)..

CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. editor team released Gutenberg version 6.8.

Dev chat meeting time

Like every year, with end of DST (daylight saving time), the meeting time should be moved from 20:00 UTC to 21:00 UTC.

Two options are proposed:

  • Moving on Wednesday November 13th (the day after WP 5.3 is going to be released)
  • Moving on Wednesday November 20th (one week later)

Please share your thoughts in this post’s comments.

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.

WordCamp US’s contributor day is planned for Sunday 3rd November.

5.3 was branched last week, so contributors will be able to work on WordPress 5.4 milestone since trunk is now version 5.4-alpha.

@earnjam and @wpscholar will be leading the core table, Helping people get set up, learn how to get started, find places to focus on work, etc. They also should have several component leads present that can split off and focus on their areas for people who are interested.

Upcoming Releases

WordPress 5.3 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). 4 is scheduled next Tuesday if needed.

There is still 7 tickets open in the milestone.

@azaozz regrets that things weren’t reported much earlier, during 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.. By the way, two tickets have patches already, one is almost there, and one may be a candidate for 5.3.1. As 5.3 was branched, all fixes are probably going to be committed to trunktrunk A directory in Subversion containing the latest development code in preparation for the next major release cycle. If you are running "trunk", then you are on the latest revision. (5.4-alpha) but hold on on merging to 5.3 for couple of days to allow easier testing and review. All are (possible) regressions with the way some plugins use particular hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same. around image post-processing and image metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. updates.

@joyously reported a feedback found in Alpha/Beta support forum. It was already merged to Gutenberg and looks fixed in 5.3 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 code. @youknowriad was pinged as Editor focus lead for WP 5.3.

Open floor

@joyously asked about backporting security fixes to old versions request’s status.

@clorith and @audrasjb noted there will be a panel session at WordCamp US. For those who are not attending WordCamp US, questions can be sent via Twitter.

@desrosj added that there was a very large amount of feedback. @chanthaboune and others are working to compile all that feedback so that all of it can receive proper consideration.

#5-3, #contributor-day, #wcus