A Week in Core – November 8, 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 November 1 and November 8, 2021.

  • 60 commits
  • 115 contributors
  • 45 tickets created
  • 5 tickets reopened
  • 35 tickets closed

The Core team is currently working on the next point (5.8.2) and major (5.9) releases 🛠

Worth noting that each feature slated to the 5.9 milestone has been validated, that the Twenty Twenty-Two Theme development is on the way, and the 5.9 bug scrub schedule has been published 🚀

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


  • Make dashboard 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. control submit button text more clear – #54229
  • reword some “we” usages – #46057

Application Passwords

  • display guiding text & link in user-edit.php when unavailable – #53658

Build/Test Tools

  • Add end-to-end (e2e) tests for edit posts page – #49507
  • Add missing @covers and visibility for Tests_Admin_includesMisc#39265
  • Add missing @covers tags for Tests_Admin_includesFile#39265
  • Add missing @covers tags for Tests_Admin_includesListTable#39265
  • Introduce local visual regressionregression A software bug that breaks or degrades something that previously worked. Regressions are often treated as critical bugs or blockers. Recent regressions may be given higher priorities. A "3.6 regression" would be a bug in 3.6 that worked as intended in 3.5. testing – #49606
  • Pass workflow outcome to SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. Notifications – #53363
  • Restore changes to package.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.#54054
  • Restore the https URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org for browserify-aes#54054
  • Remove polyfills from 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. view scripts – #53690
  • Clean up the $_REQUEST superglobal in WP_UnitTestCase_Base::clean_up_global_scope()#53363
  • Correct @covers tags in WP_Comments_List_Table tests – #39265
  • Split WP_Posts_List_Table and WP_Comments_List_Table tests into two separate files for clarity – #53363

Bundled Themes

  • TwentySixteen – correct invalidinvalid A resolution on the bug tracker (and generally common in software development, sometimes also notabug) that indicates the ticket is not a bug, is a support request, or is generally invalid. CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. font-style value – #46807
  • Add privacy policy link to Twenty Twenty footer – #53446
  • Ensure logo displays in CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. previewer – #51337
  • Remove the “role” attribute on HTMLHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. elements with a default landmark role – #54079

Code Modernization

  • Pass correct default value to http_build_query() in get_core_checksums() and wp_version_check()#54229

Coding Standards

  • Add public visibility to methods in tests/phpunit/includes/#54177
  • Add visibility to methods in tests/phpunit/tests/#54177
  • Consistently escape attribute in wp-admin/themes.php#54256
  • Fix some 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. errors and warnings in wp-admin/user-edit.php#53658
  • Move wp-includes/class-http.php to wp-includes/class-wp-http.php#54389, #53359
  • Rename the $strResponse argument to $str_response in WP_Http::processResponse()#53359


  • Add noopener noreferrer to author links in list table – #40916
  • Avoid reparenting during post deletion – #37703
  • Mark comment text field as required – #16206
  • remove bespoke truncation from search string HTML – #17636
  • attempt to clarify intent of “Default post settings” section – #54300


  • Fix focus() to collapse child panels and show parent panel – #34436
  • Make range controls full width – #54329


  • Clarify the path usage register_block_type_from_metadata – #53806
  • Fix some docblockdocblock (phpdoc, xref, inline docs) syntax errors and add a missing canonical reference – #53399, #52867, #38942, #53668
  • Various docblock improvements and corrections – #53399


  • Update structure of title element for editing – #52314

External Libraries

  • Update the Iris color picker to version 1.1.1 – #54224


  • Remove the svn:executable property from wp-admin/_index.php#54321


  • Improve the Welcome text in wp-admin/_index.php#54321
  • Improve typography in the Welcome to your WordPress Dashboard! text – #54321
  • Simplifies WordPress version in “Help” sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme.#47848
  • add WordPress version to contextual “Help” sidebar area – #47848


  • Add filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. for post thumbnail id – #23983
  • Add filter for post thumbnail url – #40547
  • Adjust alt text info link text – #48939
  • Remove security messaging in media upload failures – #53626
  • Use WP_Query::get() method to retrieve the posts_per_page value in wp_ajax_query_attachments()#54129


  • Include 960 exact pixel width in collapse measurements – #54210


  • Sanitize non-visible characters inside sanitize_title_with_dashes()#47912

Posts/Post Types

  • Add filter to is_post_type_viewable()#49628

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/.

  • Add URL Details endpoint – #54358
  • Allow sidebars and their widgets to be public – #53915
  • Improve translations, comments, and readability in URL Details endpoint – #54358
  • Support subdirectory themes in the Themes controller – #54349

Site Health

  • Add the constant WP_ENVIRONMENT_TYPE for debug data – #54340
  • Site Health: Update the icon used when no issues are reported – #53980


  • Introduce get_header_image_tag_attributes hook – #38942


  • Add filter to disable RSS widget icon – #52224
  • Remove unused CSS breaking wp_text_diff layout – #54140


Thanks to the 115 people who contributed to WordPress Core on Trac last week: @audrasjb (15), @hellofromTonya (14), @sabernhardt (14), @costdev (8), @sergeybiryukov (6), @jrf (6), @peterwilsoncc (5), @justinahinon (4), @johnbillion (4), @andraganescu (4), @mukesh27 (4), @joedolson (3), @sabbirshouvo (3), @hareesh-pillai (3), @marybaum (3), @pbearne (3), @SergeyBiryukov (3), @johnjamesjacoby (2), @swissspidy (2), @youknowriad (2), @talldanwp (2), @hellofromtonya (2), @knutsp (2), @azaozz (2), @isabel_brison (2), @spacedmonkey (2), @webcommsat (2), @dlh (2), @karmatosed (2), @afercia (2), @antpb (2), @desrosj (2), @iluy (2), @mai21 (2), @tobifjellner (1), @danfarrow (1), @mnelson4 (1), @donmhico (1), @noisysocks (1), @netweb (1), @shaunandrews (1), @obenland (1), @ocean90 (1), @retrofox (1), @timothyblynjacobs (1), @domainsupport (1), @xknown (1), @marekhrabe (1), @ipstenu (1), @jakubtyrcha (1), @get_dave (1), @webaxones (1), @lukecavanagh (1), @tobiasbg (1), @wpweaver (1), @abesell132 (1), @junaidbhura (1), @chaion07 (1), @shital-patel (1), @mamaduka (1), @aduth (1), @ashfame (1), @davidwebca (1), @beaulebens (1), @poena (1), @kevin940726 (1), @paaljoachim (1), @dhanendran (1), @Ankit K Gupta (1), @aristath (1), @westonruter (1), @alexvorn2 (1), @deepaklalwani (1), @jackreichert (1), @ibenic (1), @joemcgill (1), @rzen (1), @leogermani (1), @sebastianpisula (1), @gilbitron (1), @engelen (1), @kapilpaul (1), @strider72 (1), @rianrietveld (1), @solarissmoke (1), @infected (1), @Boniu91 (1), @mikeschroder (1), @circlecube (1), @Presskopp (1), @melchoyce (1), @powerbuoy (1), @ryelle (1), @celloexpressions (1), @ryokuhi (1), @malae (1), @Cybr (1), @mattwiebe (1), @Clorith (1), @erayalakese (1), @adam3128 (1), @cybr (1), @coreyw (1), @craigfrancis (1), @acosmin (1), @hilayt24 (1), @zodiac1978 (1), @Mte90 (1), @zieladam (1), @generosus (1), @kraftbj (1), @bjorsch (1), @bgoewert (1), @boniu91 (1), @mt8.biz (1).

Congrats and welcome to our 12 (!) new contributors of the week: @iluy, @domainsupport, @webaxones, @abesell132, @davidwebca, @gilbitron, @infected, @adam3128, @hilayt24, @generosus, @bjorsch, @bgoewert ♥️

Core committers: @hellofromtonya (19), @sergeybiryukov (12), @johnjamesjacoby (9), @joedolson (5), @antpb (4), @johnbillion (2), @clorith (2), @timothyblynjacobs (2), @gziolo (2), @peterwilsoncc (1), @davidbaumwald (1), @desrosj (1).

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