Dev Chat Summary: September 30 2020

Hello! Here’s what happened in the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. dev chat on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 05:00 UTC and Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 20:00 UTC, following this agenda.

05:00 UTC core dev chat

@thewebprincess facilitated the meeting and took notes. Find the full Slack archive here.

20:00 UTC core dev chat

@thelmachido facilitated the meeting and @laurora took notes. The full Slack archive can be viewed here.

Both groups followed this agenda:


@annezazu shared that the navigation screen is being put on pause to focus on Widgets screen as a stronger candidate for 5.6 – there has since been a post added to the core blogblog (versus network, site), which you can read in more detail here the post includes a call out for testers. If you’re available to help you can get details here.

@francina announced that weekly Test Scrubs will be starting this Friday, October 2nd at 13:30 UTC:

Highlighted Posts

Proposal: A font enqueue API for WP core – Please add any thoughts or comments on the post.

Updates from Component Maintainers/Focus Leads

Build/Test Tools:
@sergeybiryukov shared that work on PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8 support has continued. All known unit testunit test Code written to test a small piece of code or functionality within a larger application. Everything from themes to WordPress core have a series of unit tests. Also see regression. issues have been addressed, and the tests are now passing on PHP 8. #50913 includes most of the progress on this, some work was also done in other related tickets:

Next steps for PHP 8 support:

  • Docker image needs to be updated to use the same PHP extensions for PHP 8 that we have on PHP 7.x: gdmbstring, etc. There is a PR by @desrosj waiting for review: If anyone is able to help with that, please do.
  • There is an ongoing effort to fix some function argument type issues reported by PHPStan (a static analyzer): #51423.
  • More testing on PHP 8, expanding test coverage, and creating tickets for any issues found. @andraganescu and @desrosj are working on a call for testing to be published later.

@yvettesonnefeld shared that they have posted the ticket for the About page, with a brief attached. Please add any features that should be highlighted on the About page and release post via a comment on the ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker..

A Google form is being created for those who are struggling to master TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress..

@audrasjb shared that most of the work is currently focused on Core major versions Auto-updates: #50907

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). (
@sarahricker shared that @jonnyvaughan and Alice Williams are well underway on the feature pluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins. being developed for #50673. A summary of where they’re at can be found here.

Open Floor

Regarding the Application Passwords Merge Proposal discussed last week, @timothyblynjacobs stated “I think we’ve added the necessary functionality to address the concerns shared in the comments (via filters).”

@janthiel highlighted a small change proposal regarding the quote calculation caching in multisites. The ticket has been around for years now, and implementing it would be a massive performance improvement for sites with huge media libraries and/or slow file systems like NFS using the WordPress Quota system.

@peterwilsoncc wanted to bring attention to #45114. You can read the conversation here. The brief conclusion was to outline 3 options to resolve this (wont fix, move 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., add new hooks) and take a vote. Please add any contributions to the conversation on the trac issue. Comment 27 onwards is a good place to start.

@chanthaboune shared the “sure to ship” items for WP5.6 right now. The struck out items won’t make it to 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., based on posts/tickets/comments/feedback/etc. A full post detailing the changes will be published soon.

Ship: Navigation menus 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. and screen in Core.
Ship: Automatic updates for major WordPress Core releases (opt-in).
Ship: New features from the block editor upgrades.
Ship: Widgets-editing and 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. support in Core.
Ship: Default theme, including an FSE compatible version.
Ship: PHP 8 support.
Ship: Public beta of Full Site Editing.
Ship: oEmbed changes
Ship: Misc patches/proposals from the community

@azaozz has been going back and forth on the jQuery update to 3.5.1 patchpatch 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., and would welcome more eyes on:, stating that the more difficult part is updating UIUI User interface to 1.12.1 as the build process for that version is completely different. If you have any thoughts, please leave them on the ticket.

WP Accessibility Day is taking place this Friday, October 2nd. More details can be found here:

And the week-long WordPress Translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization. Day celebrations are currently taking place! Find out more about the full schedule of events here:

@helen welcomed feedback on whether some round 2 iterative work should be done on Starter Content to get it back to its original intended goal of also enhancing theme previews on The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. You can see the start of the conversation here, and Helen will be following up with a make/core post.

Next Dev Chat meetings

The next meetings will take place on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 05:00 UTC and Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 20:00 UTC in the #core SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel. Please feel free to drop in with any updates or questions.


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