Summary, Dev Chat, May 8, 2024

Start of the meeting in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at, facilitated by @joemcgill. 🔗 Agenda post.


The WordPress 6.6 roadmap has been published.

WordPress 6.5.3 was released on Tuesday, May 7. This 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. features 12 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. fixes in CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and 9 bug fixes for 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. editor. You can review a summary of the maintenance updates in this release by reading the Release Candidate announcement.

Gutenberg 18.3 was released on Wednesday, May 8. The release highlights include a full page client-side navigation experiment, negative values for margin controls, and adding a publish flow to the editor.

Forthcoming Releases

We are currently in the WordPress 6.6 release cycle and 4 weeks away from 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. The latest update on the release squad is detailed in this post and there are a few TBD roles for Core triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. and Docs leads. During the meeting, @OGlekler volunteered to be Core Triage Lead for 6.6. @priethor also followed up with a note to say:

  • Would the Core Triage role benefit from a second lead?
  • The Docs lead role is nearly ready too.

@jorbin confirmed that 6.5.3 came out on May 7. Thank you to everyone who helped. We now need to consider whether we should plan a 6.5.4. As of now, there is one potential regressionregression 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. that is being investigated, so @jorbin suggested that we give it one to two weeks before making a decision. The 6.5.4 milestone has already been added in tracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress..

@annezazu noted that the only other feedback is around this: There’s been some feedback from an enterprise client as they can no longer change titles easily. The problem is there’s not an intermediate solution in the works and it will be resolved by 6.6 when the site editor pattern experience comes to classic themes. This will be discussed further in #6-5-release-leads.


Here are a couple of follow-ups from previous meetings:

  • New slack channels: #core-interactivity-api was created to help folks working there better organize and collaborate.
  • 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. commits: as a way to bring additional visibility to changes committed in the Gutenberg repo, we’ve started an experiment to show commits to the 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. branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch". (PR merges) in the #core channel.

We dedicated a lot of discussion time to the 6.6 roadmap and any updates about the major efforts listed on the Roadmap.

@afragen gave an update about Rollback Auto-Update: there have been zero reported issues with the PR. We’re currently just looking at making some of the comments a bit more descriptive. Hopefully Rollback Auto-Update will be committed in the next day or so.

@johnbillion raised #61173: if anyone wants to help with that workflow that would be great.

Open Floor

@azaozz requested for “more eyes” and reviews on This is a PR that properly fixes the infinite 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. as reported on #60652 (the current patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing. just hides it, that PR removes the possibility for a loop to happen). It also fixes the possibility for a 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 to completely remove the new font_dir filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. which is a pretty nasty thing to do and would break all other plugins that are using that filter.

@kkmuffme requested some final reviews on the following PRs:

@grantmkin also noted: @vcanales and I have started exploring “canonical block plugins,” an idea to have more community developed blocks that are shipped as stand-alone block plugins, for blocks that aren’t a fit in the default block library shipped with Gutenberg/WordPress. The primary issue is at, in case you’d like to learn more about, follow, discuss, or contribute to the effort. There will likely be a follow-up on make/core to get more feedback.

Note: Anyone reading this summary outside of the meeting, please drop a comment in the post summary, if you can/want to help with something.

Props to @joemcgill for proofreading.

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