Summary, Dev Chat, May 29, 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 @mikachan. 🔗 Agenda post.


  • The scheduled date for WordPress 6.6 Beta 1 is June 4. From this point on, we will focus on testing and fixing bugs discovered during 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. testing. Begin writing Dev Notesdev note Each important change in WordPress Core is documented in a developers note, (usually called dev note). Good dev notes generally include a description of the change, the decision that led to this change, and a description of how developers are supposed to work with that change. Dev notes are published on Make/Core blog during the beta phase of WordPress release cycle. Publishing dev notes is particularly important when plugin/theme authors and WordPress developers need to be aware of those changes.In general, all dev notes are compiled into a Field Guide at the beginning of the release candidate phase. and the About page.
  • 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. 18.4 was released on May 22. Read more about what was included in this release here.

Forthcoming Releases

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.: 6.6

We are currently in the WordPress 6.6 release cycle. See the Roadmap Post for details about what is planned for this release. Gutenberg 18.5 RCrelease 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). is scheduled for May 31, which is the final RC before WordPress 6.6 Beta 1. It will include these issues and PRs.

Next maintenance release: 6.5.4

@jorbin has confirmed that there will be a 6.5.4 release scheduled for June 5, to accommodate #61269. An RC is scheduled for May 30.

@hellofromtonya shared that an alternate approach to #61269 is being considered for 6.5.4 and requested more feedback:

This could have an impact on the planned RC schedule for 6.5.4 depending on consensus on what approach to ship.


With the Beta 1 deadline quickly approaching, we used the discussion time to check in on priority items for this release. Please review the list of Editor Updates from this week’s agenda for a list of updates of several key features related to this release.

@fabiankaegy has flagged that there are a number of commits that still need to be synced from the Gutenberg repo as part of this tracking issue. He also is tracking related PRs in this table on the WP 6.6 Editor Tasks board. Support from folks to review and commit these PRs is appreciated as we approach the 6.6 beta 1 deadline.

@joemcgill asked if the Release Squad needed any support to be ready for the 6.6 Beta 1 release next week.

@meher shared that all teams have reported a 🟢 status in the last check-in. Waiting for the Design and Performance to add their status. The documentation team has got help from folks.

Currently trying to decide whether the time to start Beta 1 should be 14:00 UTC or 16:00 UTC. Conversation about this continued after the meeting in the #6-6-release-squad channel.

Open Floor

Nothing was raised during Open Floor this week

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