A Week in Core – June 21, 2021

Welcome back to a new issue of Week in CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. Let’s take a look at what changed on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. between June 14 and June 21, 2021.

  • 58 commits
  • 61 contributors
  • 83 tickets created
  • 7 tickets reopened
  • 52 tickets closed

Please note that the WordPress Core team released WordPress 5.8 beta 2 last week. Everyone is welcome to help testing the next major releasemajor release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope. of WordPress 🌟

Ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. numbers are based on the Trac timeline for the period above. The following is a summary of commits, organized by component and/or focus.

Code changes


  • Consistently escape admin_url() links – #53426
  • Consistently escape network_admin_url() links – #53459

Build/Test Tools

  • Ignore sourceMaps for non WordPress Core files – #52689
  • Replace the deprecated @babel/polyfill#52941
  • Use GitGit Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Git is easy to learn and has a tiny footprint with lightning fast performance. Most modern plugin and theme development is being done with this version control system. https://git-scm.com/. when fetching the WordPress Importer for use in tests – #52909
  • Correct svn:eol-style property for test data with CR line endings – #52625
  • Make some optional parameters required in unit tests for previous/next attachment links – #45708, #52625
  • Use more appropriate assertions in clean_dirsize_cache() tests – #52625
  • Use more appropriate assertions in a few tests – #52625

Bundled Themes

  • Improve 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ check before activating an FSE theme – #53410
  • Make sure get_file_data() recognizes headers prefixed by <?php tagtag A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses tags to store a single snapshot of a version (3.6, 3.6.1, etc.), the common convention of tags in version control systems. (Not to be confused with post tags.)#33387
  • Prevent a Full Site Editing theme from being activated when Gutenberg is not active – #53410
  • Remove unexpected border around the Theme Details button – #53473
  • Twenty Thirteen: Improve the display of the Query LoopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. https://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop. 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.#53438
  • Twenty Twenty-One: Add margins around content in Post Template block – #53389, #53398

Coding Standards

  • Apply some alignment fixes – #50105
  • Bring some consistency to HTMLHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. formatting in wp-admin/comment.php#52627
  • Fix WPCSWPCS The collection of PHP_CodeSniffer rules (sniffs) used to format and validate PHP code developed for WordPress according to the WordPress Coding Standards. May also be an acronym referring to the Accessibility, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, etc. coding standards as published in the WordPress Coding Standards Handbook. issue in [51174]#53407
  • Remove a one-time $message variable in WordPress version requirement notices for bundled themes – #52627
  • Remove a one-time $message variable in some _doing_it_wrong() calls – #52627
  • Use consistent formatting for _wp_posts_page_notice() and _wp_block_editor_posts_page_notice()#45537, #52627


  • Add a reference to WP_Site_Query::__construct() for information on accepted arguments in get_sites()#42156
  • Add missing documentation for wp_migrate_old_typography_shape()#52991, #52628
  • Correct DocBlockdocblock (phpdoc, xref, inline docs) formatting for Core_Upgrader::upgrade()#52628
  • Correct @since version in the wp-includes/version.php file headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes.#52628
  • Document the VALID_ORIGINS constant in WP_Theme_JSON#52628
  • Document the usage of $_wp_current_template_content global in a few block template functions – #52628
  • Document the usage of $wp_embed global in WP_oEmbed_Controller::get_proxy_item()#52628
  • Update syntax for multi-line comment in wp_generate_attachment_metadata() per the documentation standards – #52603
  • Update syntax for some multi-line comments per the documentation standards – #52628


  • Remove code from a translatable string in wp_migrate_old_typography_shape()#52991
  • Allow custom-units to be an array – #53472
  • Check if supports metadata key is defined before migrating typography keys – #53416
  • Include Cover block in the list of block types registered using metadata files – #53440
  • Replace a Gutenberg specific function with the Core equivalent – #53369
  • Package updates for 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. 3 – #53397
  • Prevent duplicate queries – #53280, #53176
  • Second batch of fixes for 5.8 beta 2 – #53397
  • Update the WordPress packages with the fixes for 5.8 beta 2 – #53397
  • Ports theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML. changes for beta 3 – #53397

External Libraries

  • Upgrade PHPMailer to version 6.5.0 – #53430


  • Remove redundant default text domain parameter in some __() calls – #52627
  • Use consistent pattern for placeholder references in translator comments for some bundled theme strings – #52628


  • Adapt response shape depending on type of query – #53421, #53419
  • Ensure $post_ids is evaluated properly when processing bulk actions – #53411
  • Improve upload page media item layout on smaller screens – #51754
  • Make sure wp_generate_attachment_metadata() always returns an array – #52603
  • Restore AJAX response data shape in media library – #50105
  • Update total attachment count when media added or removed – #53171

Quick/Bulk Edit

  • Ensure that $post_ids variable is initialized ahead of usage – #39589, #53411

REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/.

  • Decode HTML entities in widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. names and descriptions in widget types controller – #53407
  • Decode single and double quote entities in widget names and descriptions – #53407


  • Deactivate 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party if its version is 10.7 or lower – #53432


  • Escape get_author_posts_url() link in wp_list_authors()#50698


  • Add editor styles to the widgets block editor – #53344, #53388
  • Stop loading wp-editor and the Block Directory assets on the widgets screen – #53437, #53397


Thanks to the 61 people who contributed to WordPress Core on Trac last week: @desrosj (6), @noisysocks (5), @nosolosw (4), @youknowriad (4), @ryelle (4), @adamsilverstein (3), @audrasjb (3), @walbo (3), @SergeyBiryukov (3), @peterwilsoncc (3), @chintan1896 (3), @jorbin (3), @hellofromTonya (3), @david.binda (2), @joedolson (2), @ramonopoly (2), @gziolo (2), @jorgefilipecosta (2), @spacedmonkey (2), @mukesh27 (2), @Presskopp (2), @alexstine (1), @jnylen0 (1), @czapla (1), @francina (1), @markparnell (1), @kraftner (1), @justinahinon (1), @afragen (1), @johnbillion (1), @ayeshrajans (1), @TimothyBlynJacobs (1), @Synchro (1), @Chouby (1), @aristath (1), @ntsekouras (1), @mcsf (1), @chaion07 (1), @Clorith (1), @ocean90 (1), @pbiron (1), @chanthaboune (1), @Mamaduka (1), @mkaz (1), @joen (1), @isabel_brison (1), @andraganescu (1), @caseymilne (1), @sabernhardt (1), @marybaum (1), @AlePerez92 (1), @azaozz (1), @scruffian (1), @birgire (1), @felipeelia (1), @dd32 (1), @m_uysl (1), @thomas-vitale (1), @boblinthorst (1), @oglekler (1), and @JeffPaul (1).

Congrats and welcome to our 3 new contributors of the week! @czapla, @caseymilne, and @AlePerez92 ♥️

Core committers: @sergeybiryukov (33), @desrosj (13), @joedolson (3), @jorgefilipecosta (2), @youknowriad (2), @ryelle (1), @peterwilsoncc (1), @antpb (1), @davidbaumwald (1), and @jorbin (1).

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