This post summarizes the weekly editor chat meeting (agenda for September 20th meeting) held on Wednesday, September 20th 2023, 03:00 PM GMT+1 in Slack. Moderated by @fabiankaegy.
WordPress 6.4 Beta 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. 1 will be released in less than a week on September 26th. The full development cycle for 6.4 can be found here: https://make.wordpress.org/core/6-4/
Gutenberg 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/ 16.7 RC1 was released right before the meeting. It’s available to test through GitHub.
Gutenberg 16.6 was released last week and the full changelog was posted here in the Make blog.
Key project updates
@mamaduka asked for feedback/testing on a PR that fixes an issue relating to
@mdxfr shared several regressions related to the post excerpt An excerpt is the description of the blog post or page that will by default show on the blog archive page, in search results (SERPs), and on social media. With an SEO plugin, the excerpt may also be in that plugin’s metabox. functionality in WordPress 6.3.
Just want to point out several issues related to Excerpt regression 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. in WP6.3. Since it is a base feature, it is important to fix it soon.
The trac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. issues are milestoned for 6.3.2 but would be nice to ship the fixes into next Gutenberg release (16.7/16.8) but also next WP6.4
https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/59270 (flagged 6.3.2)
https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/59043 (flagged 6.3.2)
It has impact for instance on
About Cover block 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. align-top doesn’t work for awareness, the fix was merged into 16.7, thx (https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/54050), maybe we can pick it into WP6.3.2 target list also…
@proxxim asked about any plans for adding a focal point picker to the cover block when it pulls in the featured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts. of a post. We moved the discussion to the relevant GitHub issue.