Summary, Dev Chat, August 24, 2022

These are the notes from the weekly WordPress developers chat held on Wednesday August 24, 2022.

1. Welcome and introduction

2. Announcements

WordPress 6.0.2 RC 1 has landed! Please download and test.

3. Blogblog (versus network, site) posts

This is not all the posts published on the core blog during the last week, but major items highlighted for comment or queries.

A week in core (published August 25, 2022) – thank you @audrasjb

Feedback by September 9, 2022 is requested on a new system for updating HTML attributes.

The 16th Full Site Editing Call for Testing is still open. This features a simpler testing exercise. Deadline is September 2, 2022. Thanks @annezazu for the update.

4. Upcoming releases

a) The next major is 6.1.

@marybaum shared that @priethor has asked for green-yellow-red lights looking ahead to 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. release and almost all green were reported in the #6-1-release-leads channel.
No other updates were received on the agenda or during the meeting from the squad.

b) The next minor is 6.0.2.
The Release Candidate (RC1) is out.

Update via @sergeybiryukov

5. Components and tickets

This section is for updates from component maintainer or anyone shepherding a ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker.. Beta 1 is five weeks away, so the time is ripe!

Updates from @sergeybiryukov for Build/Test Tools, Database, General, Themes, Date/ Time components

Build/Test Tools

As of yesterday, PHPUnit test runs on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. Actions include PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8.2, though addressing compatibility issues is still a work in progress. PHP 8.2 is expected to be released at the end of November 2022. Thanks @jrf.

More details at: Ticket #56009 Prepare for PHP 8.2

Compatibility with the recent versions of MariaDB (10.6+) and MySQLMySQL MySQL is a relational database management system. A database is a structured collection of data where content, configuration and other options are stored. (8.0+) was improved. With these and some other changes, specifically skipping tests for non-implemented REST API methods, most of the test runs from various hosting environments on the Host Test Results page successfully pass now, except for PHP 8.2.0alpha2 for now.

More details at: Tickets #51740 and #53623


General: Code modernization efforts have continued on preparing WordPress core for PHP 8.2.

Thanks @jrf and @antonvlasenko.

More details at: Ticket #56033 PHP 8.2 explicitly declare all known properties


  • A 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. Themes filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of 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. is now available on the Add Themes screen, to match a similar filter in the Theme Directory. Thanks @luminuu and @audrasjb.
    Ticket #56283 Add “Block theme” filter under “Add themes” for more details.
  • The support for Update URI theme 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. was added to core. This allows third-party themes to avoid accidentally being overwritten with an update of a theme of a similar name from the Theme Directory. Thanks @dd32@meloniq, @costdev
  • Changeset [53933] and ticket #14179 for more details.

Thanks everyone who contributed to those tickets! 

Date/Time, 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. components

Permalinks: No major news this week.

Site Health component


  • Tickets #54508 (add more information to site health message) & #54617 (add more details when site health checks fail) could benefit from copy review; @webcommsat and @marybaum will follow up.

Updates on Help/About and Bulk/ Quick Edit components

@marybaum: We moved one ticket on: #56210.

Thanks @webcommsat @ogleckler @nalininonstopnews and @sergeybiryukov for comments / discussion on components in these two components. Thanks for the commit @audrasjb.


Quick Edit/ Bulk edit – on the next few Mondays we will continue to look at some of the tickets and doing some triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors.. We did some exploration on one particular ticket this last week. We will bring it to a bigger scrub potentially after that depending on progress.

As Mary had lost her internet connection, @nalininonstopnewsuk added: Thank you everyone for sharing. Dev chat is a good place for component maintainers to be able to share progress on their tickets and highlight any issues. You can let the core team reps know if you need some assistance too. 

As a newer maintainer, I appreciate the outreach from the team reps and from documentation at releases time. Dev chat also helps get more people to look at a specific point in an issue if needed. Just putting in my thoughts. @marybaum: Very valuable! Thanks so much.

Upgrade/ Install component

@costdev: Upgrade/Install: While we’ve had reviews from individual committers who happen to be on the Security, Docs and Polyglots teams, we’d like to make an official request to these teams here in dev chat and in their respective channels to review the Rollback Update Failure feature plugin for any potential issues.

No further update from maintainers nor tickets. Thanks everyone who has added tickets above.

6. Open Floor

@marybaum: We are going to talk about dev chat at WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. US Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus.

There were no other items added to the agenda today apart from the links we have already shared. Nothing else was raised.

@marybaum: Also huge thanks, Nalini, for stepping in and helping lead this chat today! Thanks and for the info you have sent across on some words for the glossary relating to the handbook Nalini. @nalininonstopnewsuk: Thank you for the handbook link about what dev chat does and its purpose. It is very interesting and useful.

Props to: @webcommsat for the dev chat summary, and @marybaum, @nalininonstopnewsuk, and @costdev for review.

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