@marybaum facilitated the chat on this agenda.
Full meeting transcript on Slack
This devchat marked week 10 of the 5.4 release cycle.
WordPress 5.4 Release Candidate 3 was released on Tuesday March 17th! 🎉Thank you to everyone that has contributed! @johannlinnarsson asked when we might expect the final 5.4 release and @marybaum confirmed that March 31 is the target release date.
Upcoming releases WordPress 5.4
WordPress 5.4 About Page: @karmatosed shared that many many folks contributed to the design and creation of the About page. Thank you to everyone that contributed. Testing is very much appreciated at this point as we prepare for release 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 on March 24.
@jorgefilipecosta mentioned that there are two pull requests that are in need of review for 5.4 and those can be found at this link.
@clorith asked if there was any additional information regarding the recent changes to editor default views and there is currently no new information outside of the discussions in the blog (versus network, site) post.
@azaozz had some exciting Media updates showing off the now merged 1.1 changes for the Lazy Loading Feature Plugin and said that he will be working on a patch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing. to introduce in trunk 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. (5.5.) More to come soon on this much anticipated feature! If you’d like to contribute here is a link to the GitHub repo.
@audrasjb introduced some new changes to WP Auto Updates saying, “WP Auto-updates Feature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins. version 0.3.0 was released with email notifications for plugins automatic updates. Next version will be focused on porting all the current features to themes screen.” A summary of this chat can be found at this link. If you would like to get involved in contributing to this feature, please feel free to jump into the Feature Plugin GitHub repo.
@pbiron mentioned another plugin 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 that could benefit from some testing; Core Sitemaps plugin is aiming for an early inclusion into 5.5. Please feel encouraged to test it ahead of time! If you’d like to contribute to this feature, explore the GitHub repo!
Props to @garrett-eclipse for the peer review of this summary. 🙏🏼