Dev Chat agenda, Wednesday February 7, 2024

(Updated with 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 dependencies feature discussion request)

The next WordPress Developers Chat will take place on Wednesday February 7, 2024, at 20:00 GMT in the core channel on Make WordPress Slack.

The live meeting will focus on the discussion of proposals and releases, updates on 6.5, and have an open floor section. Additional items will be referred to in the various curated agenda sections. If you have ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. requests for help, please do continue to post details in the comments section at the end of this post.

Quick links to agenda sections


Welcome to the two team reps for the remainder of 2024: Joe McGill (@joemcgill) and Sarah Norris (@mikachan)! With the increasing collaborative approach between coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and core-editor, it is wonderful to have reps from both parts of the team. A post formally introducing them will be published later this month.

@hellofromtonya and @webcommsat are doing a handover, and Abha (@abhanonstopnewsuk on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at to 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.) with any updates) will continue to curate the agenda until Sarah is back on February 21.

Discussions on open core proposals and releases

As advertised last week, this week’s Dev Chat will explore the recently published proposal: What’s next for the FSE outreach program.

  • This post recommends next steps, including a rename of the channel as ‘outreach’ to use it more widely to reach site builders and extenders. It could also be used to assist several projects which could use Slack 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.

Potential proposal for discussion at Dev Chat on February 14, 2024: Proposal: Implement a PHP autoloader in WordPress Core.

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

Phase 3 media meeting agenda – this is scheduled for Thursday, 8 February 2024 at 00:00 GMT in the core-media channel on Make WordPress Slack

A Week in Core – February 5, 2024 – props to @audrasjb. On TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress., between January 29 and February 5, 2024, there were.

  • 66 commits
  • 117 contributors
  • 79 tickets created
  • 8 tickets reopened
  • 56 tickets closed
  • welcome to 25 new core contributorsCore Contributors Core contributors are those who have worked on a release of WordPress, by creating the functions or finding and patching bugs. These contributions are done through Trac. in core

New commit message requirements in Git and a Hello props Bot. Thanks to everyone who has worked on this historically and who have brought this to its latest update.

Proposal: Implement a PHP autoloader in WordPress Core. This updates the historic work on this and a proposed implementation.

6.5 release parties schedule and host

Core-editor updates

Props to @annezazu for collating and sharing this list.

  • 17.7 RC1 is set to be released this week, marking the last 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. version to make it into 6.5.
  • Designs are continuing for the highlight grid for 6.5.
  • New marketing related issues opened for the 6.5 micrositevideo featurettes, and social media assets.
  • Font Library: work continues to merge the Font Library 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. redesign and a quick change was made to make the Font Library more discoverable, with the need for more feedback as 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 lands.
  • Pattern overrides: a PR is underway to add the block name to the pattern content data to help support future features, like shuffling patterns that are within the same categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. and a larger effort is underway to tighten up the accessibility of these non-editable bound fields.
  • Data Views: a primary filter API was added to enable set filters exposed by default in the interface for both pages (showing status) and patterns (showing sync status).
  • Link Control: work is underway to try to get in a PR that adds a “add block” UI for the navigation block link UI to help resolve feedback around how hard it is to add blocks to navigation.
  • 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. Bindings: after lots of discussions in slack, block bindings is moving forward to support custom fields and the ability to override blocks in synced patterns. The project as a whole is very open to feedback from extenders to see what can be added in the future.
  • Interactivity API/Block effects (name is in flux): the PR to officially launch this new API is very close to landing (core reviews welcome! thank you to those who have reviewed).

Developer Blogblog (versus network, site) update

Developer Blog summary, February 1, 2024 – this includes recently published posts. The following topics still need a writer:

If you are interested in taking on a topic from this list or know someone who would be a good person to writer about them, comment on the issue or in the #core-dev-blog channel.

Forthcoming release updates

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

Updates from the release squad can be shared in the Dev Chat. In addition, there are also the following updates identified and discussed in Slack.

6.5 release updates

  1. The first draft of the Beta 1 announcement is ready for review. Please share your feedback by February 8, 13:00 UTC.
  2. For anyone following on in the 6.5 release leads channel, the latest async updates from the various areas starts at this Slack message.
    • This includes an update on the monitoring of a performance regression, which is being addressed.
    • A final decision is needed on a design concept for the feature tiles.
  3. Discussion on Patterns in Classic Themes feature and reviews to help progress this area. Update 16:06 UTC, Feb 7: this is regarded as resolved. Thank you for all those who were involved.

4. Call for Testers early draft for 6.5. Publication date is just before Beta 1. Discussion on Slack if you are able to help.

5. Next general 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. scrubs for 6.5:

Discussion on Plugin dependencies feature

You can also view discussions taking place in #core-upgrade-install channel on Slack. This has been highlighted as a potentially very valuable feature for 6.5 and was merged into ‘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.’ on Tuesday. Note this is the last dev chat before Beta 1.

Tickets to highlight for assistance

Tickets for 6.5 will be prioritized. Tickets can be referenced in the comments section of this agenda if you are unable to make the meeting and for asynchronous involvement.

Open floor

Raising awareness and amplifying the new core contributor sessions – the ticket is on the Marketing Team GitHub. It picks up a discussion in the sessions and from recent contributor days.

  • Action: comment on the ticket for any support you may be able to offer or if you can identify opportunities to amplify awareness of the sessions.

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