A Week in Core – May 2, 2022

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 April 25 and May 2, 2022.

  • 72 commits
  • 55 contributors
  • 43 tickets created
  • 8 tickets reopened
  • 65 tickets closed

The Core team is currently working on 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., WP 6.0, and released 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 and Beta 4 🛠

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


  • Trigger a notice for incorrect add_menu_page() parameter – #40927


  • Avoid a PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher warning when setting the $pagenow global in wp-includes/vars.php#54700
  • Move some more administration-related hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same. to admin-filters.php#54795
  • Move administration related hooks to admin-filters.php#54795

Build/Test Tools

  • Update the NPM dependencies to the latest versions – #54727
  • Reduce file size of About page texture – #48703
  • Add unit tests for wp_fuzzy_number_match()#54239
  • Add unit tests for some XML-RPC functions – #53490
  • Ignore EOL differences in Webfonts APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. tests – #54725

Bundled Themes

  • Note visually hidden text for translators – #55591
  • Update NPM dependencies for default themes – #54727
  • Twenty Twenty-One: Make translator comments referencing the post title consistent – #55564
  • Twenty Twenty-Two: Add three style variations – #55433

Code Modernization

  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class-wp-comment-query.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class-wp-embed.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor-gd.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class-wp-network-query.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class-wp-query.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class-wp-query.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class-wp-site-query.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class-wp-term-query.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class-wp-user-query.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class.wp-scripts.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/class.wp-styles.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/comment-template.php#55327
  • Rename parameters that use reserved keywords in wp-includes/deprecated.php#55327

Coding Standards

  • Remove extra alignment level in the data provider for wp_validate_boolean() tests – #54725, #54728
  • Remove extra spaces in docblocks of the Walker_PageDropdown class – #54728


  • Avoid DB error in comment 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. queries – #55218


  • Add missing documentation for WP_*_Query::get_search_sql() method parameters – #54729
  • Adjust comments in Gruntfile.js per the documentation standards – #54729
  • Clarify the name and description of some parameters in the Walker class – #54729
  • Correct alignment for the customize_nav_menu_available_items 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. DocBlockdocblock (phpdoc, xref, inline docs)#54729
  • Correct parameter types for serialize_block() and serialize_blocks()#55648, #54729
  • Corrections and improvements to docblocks for function and hooks relating to fatal error handling – #54729
  • Docblock adjustements in the Walker class – #54729
  • Formatting corrections for various docblocks – #54729
  • Further clarify a comment for the main part of wp-login.php#54746
  • Improve plugin_install_action_links filter’s docs – #55480
  • Improve documentation of the walker argument for various functions – #54729
  • Make the @return 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.) for Translation_Entry::key() more precise – #55640
  • Remove @return void from various DocBlocks – #54729
  • Remove double spaces in tests/phpunit/README.txt#55637
  • Use third-person singular verbs for function descriptions in Core Comment API and Comment template functions – #54729
  • Various docblock corrections – #54729
  • Various docblock corrections and improvements for changes introduced in 6.0 – #54729
  • Various docblock improvements – #54729


  • Fix core ‘Featured’ pattern categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. registration – #55567
  • Register ‘lock’ attribute for every 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. on the server – #55567
  • Show comment previews in the Comment 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.#55634
  • Update WordPress packages for 6.0 Beta 3 – #55567
  • Update WordPress packages for 6.0 Beta 4 – #55567

External Libraries

  • Update the underscore library to version 1.13.3#55547


  • Improve the docblocks for actions and functions related to the parsing of authentication cookies – #54729


  • Ensure wp_crop_image() returns correct file type – #55403
  • Ensure wp_read_image_metadata filter returns array for $iptc and $exif#54637
  • Validate track number ID3 tags before use – #55204


  • Improve plugin_install_description filter’s docs – #55480

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/.

  • Correct the schema for the wp/v2/block-directory/search endpoint – #53621
  • Fixes /wp/v2/pattern-directory/patterns endpoint response for slug parameter – #55617

TaxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies.

  • Increase cache hits in WP_Term_Query when using include and exclude parameters – #55352


  • Add internal-only 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.’s webfonts handler (stopgap) – #55567, #46370
  • Remove ‘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/’ as translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization. context in _wp_theme_json_webfonts_handler()#55567, #46370


  • Further automate backporting from Gutenberg to Core – #55642


  • Prevent DB errors caused by web fonts API – #55632


  • Validate WP_User_Query‘s fields argument – #53177


  • Fix Classic Widgets screen toggle response on small screens – #48896


Thanks to the 55 people who contributed to WordPress Core on Trac last week: @SergeyBiryukov (20), @aristath (15), @justinahinon (14), @poena (14), @jrf (14), @costdev (8), @peterwilsoncc (6), @zieladam (5), @hellofromTonya (4), @audrasjb (3), @sabernhardt (2), @hellofromtonya (2), @desrosj (2), @mamaduka (2), @antonvlasenko (2), @dlh (2), @darerodz (2), @ndiego (2), @pbiron (2), @afragen (2), @manooweb (2), @spacedmonkey (2), @pbearne (2), @kebbet (1), @kjellr (1), @azouamauriac (1), @inc2734 (1), @jffng (1), @gziolo (1), @bph (1), @jonoaldersonwp (1), @adamsilverstein (1), @kmix39 (1), @Boniu91 (1), @genosseeinhorn (1), @sergeybiryukov (1), @mat-lipe (1), @mjkhajeh (1), @felipeelia (1), @mukesh27 (1), @TimothyBlynJacobs (1), @johnbillion (1), @ntsekouras (1), @grandeljay (1), @Spacedmonkey (1), @chouby (1), @konradyoast (1), @timothyblynjacobs (1), @volodymyrkolesnykov (1), @sumitsingh (1), @mikeschroder (1), @bernhard-reiter (1), @czapla (1), @janh2 (1), and @azaozz (1).

Congrats and welcome to our 4 new contributors of the week: @kmix39, @genosseeinhorn, @mjkhajeh, @grandeljay, @janh2 ♥️

Core committers: @sergeybiryukov (32), @peterwilsoncc (10), @johnbillion (8), @audrasjb (7), @gziolo (5), @hellofromtonya (3), @desrosj (3), @spacedmonkey (1), @mikeschroder (1), @jffng (1), and @davidbaumwald (1).

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