Dev Chat agenda, January 31, 2024

The next WordPress Developers Chat will take place on Wednesday January 31, 2024 at 20:00 GMT in the core channel on Make WordPress Slack.


WordPress 6.4.3, security and maintenance release, went live on January 30, 2024. It features 5 bug fixes on Core16 bug fixes for the Block Editor, and 2 security fixes.

Post dev chat: What’s new in Gutenberg 17.6 published.


These will focus on open proposals in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and release items.

This week will provide a discussion opportunity during Dev Chat to explore this open core proposal relating to major release Field Guides.

Proposed for next week’s Dev Chat a look at the just published proposal: What’s next for the FSE outreach program.

  • This post recommends what could be next. One suggestion is to rename the channel as ‘outreach’ and use it in a wider way to reach site builders and extenders. Another use of this channel could be to assist several projects which could use SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at support in the WordPress space for discussion, clarification, and overall ruminating on future features coming to WordPress. 
  • Timescales:
    • Feedback deadline: February 12, 2024.
    • A Hallway Hangout is scheduled on February 20, 2024, at 15:00 UTC to further discuss this proposal, the comments, and the next steps.

Could you help curate a Call for Volunteers to review the open proposals on Make/Core and create a list of unresolved ones to discuss during Dev Chat meetings?

Highlighted posts

Dev Chat summary from January 22, 2024. Props to @webcommsat and @ironprogrammer for running the meeting and summary.

A Week in Core – January 29, 2024 – props to @audrasjb for pulling this together.

Changes on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. between January 22 and January 29, 2024:

  • 48 commits
  • 64 contributors
  • 60 tickets created
  • 4 tickets reopened
  • 67 tickets closed
  • welcome to two new contributors to core this last week

Core-editor updates

Props to @annezazu for collating and sharing this list.

  • Design draft shared for the highlight grid for 6.5.
  • Section Styling: this work has been punted due to some blockers in resolving CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. specificity questions.
  • Font Library: biggest work continues to be the Font Library: refactor REST API which was merged into Gutenberg following this merge criteria for this feature and had a quick PR to follow up on feedback. Outside of that, a discussion is underway around making the font library more discoverable.
  • Pattern overrides: there are some current questions around how this features ties to the 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. Renaming 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. and how the internal block ids are generated and used. Right now, we can find the block names through block ids, but we cannot do the same the other way around.
  • Data Views: a recap of what’s planned and stable for 6.5 has been shared along with a PR to add sync status by default for Patterns, matching the current experience.
  • Link Control: A bigger PR was merged for Implementing new UX for invoking rich text Link UI by requiring explicit activation before displaying the Link UIUI User interface interface.
  • Block Bindings: the experimental flag was removed along with an outline of next steps for Gutenberg RC, Beta, and what’s out of scope for 6.5 (including when to backportbackport A port is when code from one branch (or trunk) is merged into another branch or trunk. Some changes in WordPress point releases are the result of backporting code from trunk to the release branch.). For out of scope, this includes a UI for users to add bindings. A ~4 min video walks you through the current status in trunktrunk A directory in Subversion containing the latest development code in preparation for the next major release cycle. If you are running "trunk", then you are on the latest revision.!

General updates

An issue was opened for Media workflows around patterns that any media minded folks will find interesting. 


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.: 6.5

Any updates, 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 list or updates on 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. 1?

Beta 1 for WordPress 6.5 scheduled for February 13, 2024.

Reminder: Proposed Phase 3 media library planning meeting will take place on Thursday, 8 February 2024 at 00:00 GMT in the #core-media

Existing 6.5 links

Latest minor releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality.: 6.4.3

WordPress 6.4.3 is now live.

Tickets to highlight for assistance

Tickets for 6.5 will be prioritized.

Open floor

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