Dev Chat Summary, August 16, 2023

The WordPress Developers Chat meeting took place on August 2, 2023 at 20:00 UTC in the core channel of Make WordPress Slack.

Key Links

Highlighted Posts

Here’s an overview of what’s happened in TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. between July 31 and August 14, 2023:

  • 40 commits
  • 50 contributors
  • 164 tickets created
  • 15 tickets reopened
  • 138 tickets closed
  • and 5 new contributors in this period ❤️
  • Status update on the Interactivity API: Get the latest updates on this proposal and where to track its progress. This post also includes info on valuable learning resources so you can dive in and explore the 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.’s possibilities.
  • What’s new for developers? (August 2023): Do “new shiny objects”, “bag of goodies”, and “kid in a toy shop” spark your interest? Thought so! Check out the newest stuff in 6.3 and 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. in this latest post on The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization.’s own Developer Blogblog (versus network, site).
  • What’s new in Gutenberg 16.4: Inside: A new progress bar component, updates to the Command Palette and Footnotes 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., and auto-inserting blocks are highlighted in the latest 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 release.
  • ⏰ Reminder: Share your comments on the ticket ownership discussion by September 1, 2023.

Release Updates

WordPress 6.3

  • See the WordPress 6.3 developer notes. The Field GuideField guide The field guide is a type of blogpost published on Make/Core during the release candidate phase of the WordPress release cycle. The field guide generally lists all the dev notes published during the beta cycle. This guide is linked in the about page of the corresponding version of WordPress, in the release post and in the HelpHub version page. has had 6,500 views since it was published on July 18!

WordPress 6.3.1

  • There are some urgent fixes that have been identified for a quick turnaround 6.3.1 release, but as of this writing, timing is still being decided. For the latest updates, follow discussions in the #6-3-release-leads channel.

WordPress 6.4

Stay in the 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. with 6.4 by checking out:

Maintainers: Component Help Requests

Rollback Auto Updates – Part 3

The Rollback Update Failure plugin has received several recent updates, and is awaiting security audit and additional feedback.

Plugin Dependencies

Plugin dependencies (Trac #22316) has been updated with the latest round of feedback, and is ready for commit consideration. Trac #59112 has been created to encompass remaining design input for this feature, which could be incorporated during the feature’s merge to CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress..

Open Floor

WCUS 2023 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.

Make/Core Post

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 Day is next week! There is a Core blog draft underway that aims to promote and provide info to new contributors ahead of the event. The post is to be finalized after Dev Chat, and it is requested that Core community members provide feedback in the #core channel. Core Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. @webcommsat is collating details for the event.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help facilitate in person at tables and remotely on Slack during Contributor Day. Contributors are asked to raise their hand in Slack, or add their name and level of participation in the post comments.

A handful of chat attendees raised their hands to help attend to Core tables throughout the day, as well as help remote attendees in Slack, but there are still no clear Core table leads.

Ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. Focus

There was a question about whether “ancient” Trac tickets should be a point of focus during Contributor Day, and there was general agreement that good-first-bug tickets were likely better candidates to focus on, given the limited time and resources available at the event.

New contributors to Core are encouraged to set up their local environments in advance of WCUS, and to join the next New Core Contributor meeting on 2023-08-23 at 19:00 UTC in the #core channel.

Fields API

A status update was provided for the WordPress Fields API, with a Make/Core post to come later this week. Those interested in this project are invited to help with project research, stop on by and chat with @sc0ttkclark at WCUS, and to join the conversation over in the #core-fields channel.

6.4 Scrub Schedule

The 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 schedule is still being finalized, but the first session is to take place on 2023-08-17 at 17:00 UTC in #core. All are welcome to join the scrub!

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on August 23, 2023 at 20:00 UTC.

Are you interested in helping draft Dev Chat summaries? Volunteer at the start of the next meeting on the #core Slack channel.

Props @afragen for peer review of this post.

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