Summary, Dev Chat, February 28, 2024

Start of the meeting in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at


WordPress 6.5 Beta 3 was released on February 27, 2024. Thanks to everyone involved and who came to help test.

Forthcoming Releases

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

WordPress 6.5 Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). 1 is scheduled for next week (see release schedule). A call for testing for 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. 3 was posted earlier today. See: Help test WordPress 6.5 Beta 3.

During open floor, @marybaum asked for confirmation on roles for the release party for next week:

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. 17.8.0

Gutenberg 17.8.0 released earlier today. The What’s new in Gutenberg 17.8? (28 February) post was published following the meeting.


With this being the last Dev Chat before WP 6.5 RC1, the discussion focused on issues related to the release. Specifically, the Font Library, and organizing release squads for 6.6 (and 6.5 minors).

Font Library

This discussion begins here.

@swissspidy noted that some concerns were raised about the upload location, capabilities, and use (or not use) of attachments for storing metadata.

Background conversation starting in Slack, and following on these 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. issues (props @jorbin):

@youknowriad identified this as the next step:

I’d love if we can get an agreement on this at this point it doesn’t seem like a consensus is possible, so I’m unsure how a decision like that is made.

The next step identified in the meeting is for the release tech leads (@davidbaumwald, @swissspidy, @get_dave, and @youknowriad) to make a decision about the next steps for this feature’s inclusion in this release based on the input that has already been given on the relevant tickets.

Organizing release squads for upcoming releases

As we’re nearing the end of the 6.5 release cycle, it’s a good time to start getting squads in place for the 6.6 and 6.5.x releases.

A previous Call for Volunteers was made, which included all three major release for the year. @marybaum volunteered to follow up an help wrangle a followup effort for the 6.6 release cycle.

@jorbin agreed to help identify folks who could help with release responsibilities for 6.5 minor releases, since he’s helped lead the minor releases during the 6.4 cycle.

Highlighted posts

The full list of posts from the last week in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. can be read on the agenda at this link.

Open floor

See the previous note in Future Releases section about coordinating roles for the RC1 release, that was raised during open floor.

@poena pointed out that we did not discuss one topic on the agenda: “Should we reduce the number of leads?”. @joemcgill agreed to include this discussion in a future meeting agenda.

Following the meeting, @costdev asked for feedback on #60504. Mainly: Whether this is a blockerblocker A bug which is so severe that it blocks a release. and if so, how can we unblock it for the long term?

Props to @mikachan for reviewing.

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