Dev Chat Summary: November 11 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 November 11, 2020 at 0500 UTC and November 11, 2020 at 2000 UTC, following this agenda.

05:00 UTC core dev chat

@peterwilsoncc facilitated the meeting and @mikeschroder 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.


The WP 5.6 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. 4 has been delayed and will now be released around November 12, 2020 at 2000 UTC.

Highlighted Posts

And recent posts on the Make/Core blogblog (versus network, site) to highlight are:

Updates from Component Maintainers/Focus Leads

General: PHP8 is scheduled for November 26th, please see the PHP 8 call for testing to ensure we are ready before 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). 1 scheduled for launch on November 17th. @desrosj is working on the dev notesdev note Each important change in WordPress Core is documented in a developers note, (usually called dev note). Good dev notes generally include a description of the change, the decision that led to this change, and a description of how developers are supposed to work with that change. Dev notes are published on Make/Core blog during the beta phase of WordPress release cycle. Publishing dev notes is particularly important when plugin/theme authors and WordPress developers need to be aware of those changes.In general, all dev notes are compiled into a Field Guide at the beginning of the release candidate phase..

Site Health: Most remaining patches complete for 5.6. Dev notes remaining.

Open Floor

@mikeschroder asked for help with getting PHP8 working with the automated hosting tests, as it’d be great to have hosts running the core tests with PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8 before 5.6 is released. Logs from that discussion found here.

@joostdevalk sparked a lively discussion with the following statement “If we enable auto-updates for core, we should default to it for all plugins too.” It is worth reviewing the conversation.

Finally, @helen put the call out for people to leave their thoughts/comments regarding Dark Mode in Twenty Twenty-One on the recent post.

Next Dev Chat meetings

The next meetings will take place on November 18, 2020 at 0500 UTC and November 18, 2020 at 2000 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 @thewebprincess helping to compile these notes, @hellofromtonya for proofing, and @davidbaumwald for final review.

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