DevChat Meeting Summary: January 7, 2021

@thewebprincess and @webcommsat led the weekly meetings of the WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team, respectively at 05:00 UTC and 20:00 UTC.

Thanks to @nalininonstopnewsuk and @webcommsat for the notes.
Slack archive for the 20:00 UTC meeting.


  1. WordPress 5.7 news

2. Workshop submissions and testing calls

  • Full Site editing update
  • Learn WordPress
    • Got a dev workshop, or thinking of designing one? Submit it to Learn WordPress. Here’s a great example on using tracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress., that is already there:
    • Follow and share promotions for #LearnWP and Meetups on social media too @WordCamp, @WordPressEvents and LinkedIn.

3. Monthly and weekly updates/ bulletins

Updates from the Component Maintainers and Focus Leads

Component maintainers do really important work. More about components at

  • Update from @sergey:
    • Build/Test Tools – These change the frequency of code coverage reporting. A change was made in [49931] to display a relatively accurate code coverage data at on any given day of the week.
    • Some other changes include updating several NPM packages and simplifying Composer package caching
    • 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.
  • Update from @sarahricker on 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). (
    • several Accessibility Team members volunteered to stay up to date with accessibility needs for each component/focus
    • if your component doesn’t connect with an Accessibility member soon, let the team know.

Open Floor

  • Update from @Sergey on GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. 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:
    • After almost a month since WordPress 5.6, for some reason the Gutenberg plugin still shows “Tested up to: 5.5.3” in the Plugin Directory and “Untested with your version of WordPress” when searching from a WordPress 5.6 adminadmin (and super admin), leading to search results that are not exactly great:
    • Note how every other plugin is listed as “compatible with your version of WordPress…”, but Gutenberg is “untested”.
    • Could we have an established process for updating the “Tested up to” version for Gutenberg? Boosting exact slug/name matches for plugin search was previously discussed in #meta3327 and some other 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. tickets. Apparently it’s not something that can or should be done at this time, however making sure that the “Tested up to” version is accurate should give us better search results. Ticket #3327: Searching with exact plugin name has it on page 3 of results
  • Promoting guidance for updating plugins to related WordPress versions
    • @webcommsat: Marketing has heard from Meetups and contributor events on intro talks on plugins development or basic talks on installing plugins: uncertainty about how plugins show they update to the current version. Potential to further promote guidance and advice.
    • @audrasjb recommended the Plugin development FAQ

Goals for 2021

Tickets requesting feedback


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