Dev Chat meeting Summary – March 24, 2021

This is the weekly meetings summary of the WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team. The facilitator for this week’s chats was @peterwilsoncc at 05:00 UTC and @audrasjb at 20:00 UTC. Here is the meeting agenda.

Link to 05:00 UTC devchat meeting on the core channel on Slack

Link to 20:00 UTC devchat meeting on the core channel on Slack

Announcements & News

There is also a couple items on the Make/Core blogblog (versus network, site) that require feedback:

Upcoming WordPress Releases

WordPress 5.7.1

In line with the trial for consistent minor release leads for each major branch, all the 5.7.x point releases will be led by @peterwilsoncc, with @audrasjb as deputy.

Here is the expected 5.7.1 release schedule:

  • Release Candidaterelease 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).: Wednesday 7 April, 2021 around 23:00 UTC
  • Final release: Wednesday 14 April, 2021 around 23:00 UTC

For now, there are 26 tickets in the milestone.
11 of them are closed as fixed, or reopened for backportbackport A port is when code from one branch (or trunk) is merged into another branch or trunk. Some changes in WordPress point releases are the result of backporting code from trunk to the release branch. operations.

@audrasjb plan to run a 5.7.1 bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. scrub on Thursday March 25, 2021 at 22:00 UTC. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please note that this WordPress 5.7 board is the one to watch for 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. updates that will need to land in this release.

WordPress 5.8

@chanthaboune shared some news about WordPress 5.8: @francina started to compile the planning round up and will publish it soon. @lukecarbis, @boniu91 and @hellofromtonya also compiled an early 5.8 bug scrub schedule, and published it right after the devchat.

Component maintainers updates

General (@sergeybiryukov): Work has continued on further fixing jQuery deprecations in WordPress core. See ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #51812 for more details.

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. (@sergeybiryukov): The list of translations for selecting a timezone in General Settings was updated to add two new timezones and remove some older duplicates. See ticket #52861 for more details.

Build/Test Tools (@sergeybiryukov): no major news this week.

Date/Time (@sergeybiryukov): no major news this week.

Permalinks (@sergeybiryukov): no major news this week.

Themes (@williampatton): the component has had quite a lot of eyes recently but extra help would be appreciated.

Site Health (@clorith): the component has one ticket for 5.7.1, it’s got a proposed solution and feedback. Everyone is welcome to contribute.

Upgrade/Install (@audrasjb): no major news this week.

Menus / Widgets: @audrasjb started to silently scrub both of their awaiting review tickets, in order to prepare 5.8 effort.

Toolbar (@sabernhardt): there is a Toolbar component triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. scheduled on Thursday March 25, 2021 at 15:00 UTC. Also, the Core team nominated @sabernhardt as Toolbar component maintainer and he accepted.

Open floor

@isabel_brison requested some feedback on an overview ticket for adding end-to-end tests to WordPress Core.
The ticket contains suggestions for how to test most of the pages in the WordPress dashboard but requested some feedback on how to, or whether to, test certain pages.

@francina provided a document produced by her colleagues at Yoast recently. These are now available on the ticket.​

@clorith started a discussion on more frequently merging updates from the Gutenberg 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 in to Core. Highlighting that this would make testing future releases of WordPress features easier without keeping track of which features will remain in the plugin for the time being. There was general support for the idea.​ @chanthaboune is offered her help to move this forward.

@estelaris requested assistance for the Docs team in reviewing end user documentation. Particularly some of the more technical details. Anyone wishing to offer assistance can get in touch via the #docs channel in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at or by messaging @estelaris directly.​

@peterwilsoncc requested some highlighted the workflow report for the 5.7.1 release due in April. For contributors wishing to write code and see it released quickly, Peter recommend they review tickets on the “needs 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.” section of the report. Contributors wishing to test or review suggested code can review tickets on the “has patch/needs testing” section of the report.

@webcommsat requested people share two items with the marketing team via shared documents:

Thanks @peterwilsoncc for his help to compile the meetings notes.

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