Dev Chat Summary 8th October 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, October 7th, 2020, 05:00 UTC and Wednesday, October 7th , 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
@laurora facilitated the meeting and @thewebprincess took notes. The full Slack archive can be viewed here .

Both groups followed this agenda:


No announcements today!

Highlighted Posts

  • No action needed, but posted for awareness as there are notes for 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. or 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 Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party devs and in invite for those interested in contributing.
  • Requests for comments on Starter Content – which is a request for comment.
  • Progress update on No action required though a request for a graphic depiction of what the Full Site Editing simple, routine user flows was discussed. This will help give people a sense of how it’s likely to work when it does come into core as it’s currently hard to visualise something we’ve not seen before.

Updates from Component Maintainers/Focus Leads

  • Build/Test Tools, General: Continued work on PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8 support:
    • The PHP 8 Docker image has been updated to use the same PHP extensions for PHP 8 that we have on PHP 7.x
    • A new NPM task has been added to use the Composer-installed version of PHPUnit
    • * There is an ongoing effort to fix some function argument type issues reported by PHPStan (a static analyzer): #51423.
    • * Next steps: More testing on PHP 8, expanding test coverage, and creating tickets for any issues found. A call for testing was published earlier this week:
      Question was asked: Does PHP8 support need more people involved? A: Follow the issues here PHP8 Tag in trac
  • 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., Date/Time, Permalinks: No major news this week.
  • Site Health has had some attention in the past week to go over 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.-refreshes and tickets
  • External Libraries: jQuery update has some progress too #r49101 has updated jQuery and jQuery UIUI User interface. Please test!
  • Upgrade/Install: our main ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. ( 50907 ) is still in progress.

Open Floor

  • The Marcomms team noted that they’re inviting feedback in relation to the About Page for 5.6 in thisGoogle form feedback is are also welcome via tracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. but this form will help make it more accessible to the wider community who might not be familiar with trac and its processes.
  • It was observed that the titles for the dev chat entries in the calendar weren’t updated with the UTC specific timings so @peterwilsoncc updated them to Core Development Weekly Chat (0500 UTC) and Core Development Weekly Chat (2000 UTC)
  • #40351 (Term post re-counts scale poorly, are common and difficult to avoid) – WordPress Trac which is slated for 5.6 has a patch, but the question was asked whether there’s enough time to test properly before adding to the release, after discussion, the plan is for further testing this week, if nothing breaks it will be added to the release.
  • Discussion then went on to explore options for dummy content for testing andthe contingent posted numerous options according to individual preferences to answer the inquirer.
  • #50658 was highlighted for review: ‘has patch. Tested. Has screenshots. Missed wp5.5 deadline and tagged for 5.6. Action: pings sent to the component maintainers for review
  • Ticket was highlighted for feedback in relation expediting updating process for component and focus teams. Please comment on that ticket if you have feedback.
  • needs more eyes on it and feedback added to the ticket.
  • The Yoast team have put together a short term team to focus on Twenty Twenty-One development, they’ve created a project board which you can follow here to track progress of issues
  • Reminder: next test scrub on Friday October 9th 13:30 UTC
  • Requests for testing: of and

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.

Props to @francina for the proofread.

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