Automatic updates for 3.8 started to flow early…

Automatic updates for 3.8 started to flow early Monday. Since major releases are opt-in, future ones will get automatic update instructions immediately. It should have happened on releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. day this time as well (oversight on our part). Minor releases will continue to get a delayed roll-out. 3.7.1 happened over the course of about four days, while 3.8.1 will probably happen over a few hours or a day at most.

Success rate is around 99.78 percent of about 15,000 updates. That’s a bit lower than 3.7.1, which was 99.988 percent for about a million updates. This is to be expected; for example, far more files were changed. Definitely some great numbers but also lots of room for improvement! I’d love to be able to count the number of critical failures on two hands by the end of 2014.

#3-8

State of 3.8, and thoughts on the next week

tl; dr: Still on track for releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. next Thursday. We’re extending the window for code changes by 3 days, through the 8th. RC2 package on the 9th will be what ships on the 12th.

December 5th, our targeted but controversial freeze date, is drawing to a close. First the bad news: there are two blockers and we could not ship the package we have tonight, despite a lot of great effort. The good news is we are close, there are good priorities on the remaining issues, the new features appear resilient and are live on WP.com which has generated a ton of testing, and we’re far enough out from our target (the 12th) that I’m confident we can ship that morning and still have had a 4-day freeze.

As a side-effect of the longer freeze and predictable date, I also think the best WP hosts will push it to their customers same-day and we’ll continue or improve our record of having localized versions ready to go.

What could break it? If an unknown unknown blockerblocker A bug which is so severe that it blocks a release. pops up on Tuesday or Wednesday, we’re going to have to delay the release until the following week. Discovering that issue sooner, so it wouldn’t cause a delay, is a function of testing — the more we can test and cover now the better. We want to shake out big issues now, not next week. The more people that can run the RC or 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. at this point, the healthier the release will be.

What’s open right now? Our most substantial blocker, no-JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. fallback for THX #25964, was raised a few weeks ago and we could have flagged its priority and developed a solution then, rather than the flurry of activity its had over the last two days. Our other blocker, the about.php page, is similar: I should have kicked off that page (#26387) when we nailed down exactly what headline features would be in the release, which was much earlier. Often user-focused non-code deliverables wind up as the last thing we do, but they’re so visible they deserve time to bake just like a complex backend change would. Of the the other 15-ish open issues there is nothing intractable, but there’s also nothing trivial, and for some issues we need to makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). a non-obvious decision to move it forward. We made the decision to puntpunt Contributors sometimes use the verb "punt" when talking about a ticket. This means it is being pushed out to a future release. This typically occurs for lower priority tickets near the end of the release cycle that don't "make the cut." In this is colloquial usage of the word, it means to delay or equivocate. (It also describes a play in American football where a team essentially passes up on an opportunity, hoping to put themselves in a better position later to try again.) or revert a number of things that weren’t fully ready yet, like the new author widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. and RSSJS.

The things we missed are not a matter of having enough time, they’re a matter of priority. I think properly triaging issues as soon as they come in and being disciplined about working from highest to lowest will allow future release to avoid these problems. Even though that’s not hard to understand intellectually, sometimes you have to make the mistake to really grok it. I’m extremely proud of everyone who has been involved so far and in the amount of learning and growth I’ve observed even in our accelerated cycle.

#3-8

Twenty Fourteen Project Update

Home stretch. Let’s polish.

Finished

  • Launched the theme on WordPress.comWordPress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/ (announcement, Theme Showcase page)
  • Many, many fixes to get ready for code freeze (see all commits since our last update): including RTL, IE, contextual help, layout, etc
  • Improvements based on feedback from coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. dev team (simplification, code readability and commenting)
  • Lots of activity at the WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. London Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.

A special thanks to everyone who participated in our “device testing and 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. hunt” activity at WordCamp London, including but not limited to binarymoon, jartes, erichmond, janhenckens, sonjanyc, amistad18, iv.dimova, kdankov, robert olsen, iandstewart, chellycat, sixhours, cainm, blankthemes, thomasguillot, kwight, Frank Klein, siobhan, and defries. And all three of us on the Twenty Fourteen team were present: lancewillett, iamtakashi, obenland. [These are WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ usernames.]

Next

  • Wrap up final bug fixes: see open tickets
  • Makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). a Codex page for Twenty Fourteen help and tips—@siobhan to create the draft and kick it off

Discussion

What’s a pragmatic solution for detecting mobile and table devices? We’d like to use wp_is_mobile() but that seems designed for only adminadmin (and super admin) use since it assumes no page caching. See notes at #26221.

#3-8, #bundled-theme, #theme, #twentyfourteen

Twenty Fourteen Project Update

Crunch time! We’re working hard to makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). sure everything’s ready for 3.8 releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software.. We’ve listened to all your feedback, thank you—including lots from last week’s dev chat. We’ve made significant improvements in the last week.

Many improvements

  • Many design changes to make the “first run” nicer and look better without featured images #25859 #25758
  • UIUI User interface for Featured Content moved completely into CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. (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.), display, count) #25549
  • Added contextual help and tips around the adminadmin (and super admin) interface for setting up the Featured Content area #25837 #25869
  • Performance tweaks for faster loading #25876 #25922
  • IE, RTL, and i18ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill. fixes #25036 #25625 #26071 #25144 #25625 #25888

Author widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user.

Too late to get it into 3.8 dev? It’s fairly light and can merge right away.

Last week at 3.8 features-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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party meeting we forgot to suggest this; we’d worked on it as a plugin first, see #24856: “Authors widget to highlight authors.”

This is a new widget for any theme to use, but we’d planned to show it off with Twenty Fourteen because as a magazine theme it’ll feature and show off multiple authors.

On our radar

  • Strategy for 3.7 and earlier non-MP6 handling #25906
  • AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) feedback on the slider
  • More work on contextual help and the user experience with Twenty Fourteen, maybe including user testing and research
  • Launching the theme on WordPress.comWordPress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/ to get early feedback from real usage
  • Code review with coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. dev team

#3-8, #bundled-theme, #theme, #twentyfourteen

Open Sans, bundling vs. linking

In Wednesday’s 3.8 planning meeting we discussed hotlinking vs bundling Open Sans. MP6 followed Twenty Twelve’s example by linking to Google Webfonts, but the consensus from Wednesday’s chat was that bundling would be preferable.

I began experimenting with this last week; first determining which font formats were necessary to include. I settled on WOFF and SVG as the two formats that would cover every browser we’re aiming to support. I left out TTF and EOT as they add only marginal browser support (IE8), but would add significant weight to the WordPress download. We do include TTF and EOT versions of Dashicons, since loading those icons is essential to usability in a way that loading Open Sans is not.

The bundled Open Sans webfonts come from FontSquirrel. The Western Latin and Basic Latin subsets are small and include enough characters for English language support. Those subsets do not include a full set of glyphs for other languages, however (they’re available as separate downloads). There is a non-subsetted version of the font available which includes all necessary glyphs, but it’s 2x–2.5x the file size of the subsetted fonts, which add significant overhead to the pageload and can actually crash some mobile browsers. The Western Latin and Basic Latin subsets can cause missing characters (spaces or boxes) to appear in text using accented characters, which is a significant usability concern.

Google Webfonts solves both the character set and the font format problems by intelligently loading the font format and the character subset that’s needed for a particular browser and a particular website, and nothing more. For us to bundle Open Sans with WordPress, we need a way to accomplish that without adding significant heft to the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. WP download. I’m starting this P2P2 A free theme for WordPress, known for front-end posting, used by WordPress for development updates and project management. See our main development blog and other workgroup blogs. thread to open up the discussion on how we might do that.

#3-8, #fonts, #open-sans

Widgets Area Chooser – 3.8 Proposal

Placing widgets with drag-and-drop can be tedious and annoying — especially if you have lots of sidebars on which to drop widgets. The Widgets team has been working on a few solutions (for this problem, and more), including redesigning the wp-adminadmin (and super admin) widgets interface and adding the ability to manage widgets from within the customizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.. These projects are still ongoing, and not ready for 3.8. However, along the way we’ve found a few incremental changes which improve the overall experience of working with widgets. Some of these improvements have made their way into MP6. Others involve more functional changes which don’t belong in MP6. This 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party is one of those improvements.

The Widgets Area Chooser is available at: https://wordpress.org/plugins/widget-area-chooser/

The Problem
Dragging widgets from the available widgets in the top-left, to a sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. “below the fold” is hard. Almost impossible. Dragging widgets on a touch screen device is also difficult.

The Solution
Clicking (or tapping) on an available widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. brings up a list of available sidebars that you can place the widget in to — its pretty simple, and works great on touch devices.

AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility)
There’s also the accessibility problems that drag-and-drop introduces, which necessitates the need for the separate (and often neglected) Accessibility Mode. This plugin provides a much easier way for those with screen readers to add new widgets without having to drag-and-drop. In fact, this could be the first step towards removing the need for an Accessibility Mode for widgets.

Demonstration
Here’s what the chooser looks like:

Here’s a quick video of the plugin in action:

Please let us know what you think!

#3-8, #widgets

The State of Inline Docs

We haven’t posted an update in several weeks, so thought we’d bring everyone up to speed on the Inline Docsinline docs (phpdoc, docblock, xref) project.

This project started July at WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. San Francisco as a 3.7 releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. action item. Work continues into the 3.8 release cycle, and we would like to have the hook documentation completed by the time 3.8 is released in December.

PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 Documentation Standards

The PHP Documentation Standard has been amended several times since it was first published in early September. The latest amendments include:

If you are one of our contributors, please makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). sure you read the standards again to familiarize yourself with the changes.

WordCamp Contributor Days

We would like to thank WordCamp Toronto (10/6), WordCamp Europe (10/7), and WordCamp Sofia (10/27) for including Inline Docs as part of their respective Contributor Days. Approximately 35 files were documented, and several new contributors had their first patches committed to WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. as a result. Woot!

Contributors

So far, 47 people have received props for submitting inline docs patches:

@admiralthrawn, @aeg0125, @a.hoereth, @andg, @aralbald, @bananastalktome, @ben.moody, @betzster, @bftrick, @dllh, @drewapicture, @dougwollison, @dustyf, @enej, @ericlewis, @Faison, @FrankKlein, @gayadesign, @gizburdt, @johnafish, @johnbillion, @jonlynch, @kpdesign, @l10nL10n Localization, or the act of translating code into one's own language. Also see internationalization. Often written with an uppercase L so it is not confused with the capital letter i or the numeral 1. WordPress has a capable and dynamic group of polyglots who take WordPress to more than 70 different locales., @nacin, @naomicbush, @NikV, @ninio, @miyauchi, @morduak, @Nao, @natejacobs, @netweb, @nukaga, @nullvariable, @pauldewouters, @r3df, @rzen, @sboisvert, @SergeyBiryukov, @ShinichiN, @Siobhyb, @swissspidy, @tmtoy, @tomauger, @tw2113, @vinod dalvi

There are 10 other contributors with patches waiting to be reviewed and committed that will be added to this list. We want to thank everyone for their participation so far, and hope you continue contributing!

Progress To Date

According to the “master list“, there are 185 files containing hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same. to be documented. The current status, as of today:

  • Completed: 92 files (49.72%)
  • In progress: 23 files
  • Available to claim: 70 files

Weekly Office Hours

We continue to hold weekly office hours meetings on Wednesdays at 19:00 UTC in #wordpress-sfd.

#3-8, #inline-docs

@matt will be running a WordPress 3.8 feature…

@matt will be running a WordPress 3.8 feature planning/decisions meeting on Monday, November 4, 21:00 UTC. Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended for both Europe and the U.S., note that the weekly Wednesday meeting is now moved from 20:00 UTC to 21:00 UTC (4 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. PST). (Americans, change your clocks on Sunday.)

I’d strongly encourage everyone to study, test, and weigh in on the four 3.8 proposals before the meeting. I believe the goal of the meeting will be to establish what exactly gets merged into 3.8.

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. enhancements, 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, etc. can/will continue as usual — it would be awesome if we had a surge not unlike 3.7. But for now, 3.7.1 is out, so stare at the download counter sip some tea, and relax this the weekend. 🙂

#3-8, #agenda

Twenty Fourteen Project Update

Status

We’re right on target—making lots of progress on the main features in the theme. Finishing up within 1-2 weeks, then switching gears to verifying and testing (things like device testing, RTL, older browser support, accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility), and more).

Finished

  • Implemented alternate slider view for featured content #25550
  • Implement featured content settings for authors to control which posts are displayed, and how many #25549
  • Used SVG images instead of CSS3 gradients for speed and responsiveness, more browser support, and vector-based scalability r25865
  • Allow any page to be set as front page #25685
  • Several passes at CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. code revamp to meet WP style standards and better organization and efficiency #25592
  • More accessibility fixes #25054

Next

  • Accessibility feedback on the slider
  • Featured content options moved completely into CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. (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.), display, count)
  • Accent colors: decide on keeping this feature in the theme #25563 #25580
  • Decide on pros and cons of creating an extra-large image size for full-width featured images #25758

On our radar

  • RTL and IE fixes
  • Mobile and tablet device testing
  • “Breaking” the theme in every way possible

Join us! Weekly office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays at November 5th, 2013 17 UTC.

#3-8, #bundled-theme, #theme, #twentyfourteen

MP6 — 3.8 Proposal

The WordPress adminadmin (and super admin) has not had a major visual overhaul since 2.7, and its age is starting to show. In a rapidly changing web environment where users are starting to expect good design, we need to makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). sure that our aesthetics match — better yet, exceed — their high expectations.

MP6 is a movement towards modernity. It is an exploration into the infinite possibilities that exist for improvement within our existing framework. It is a tenderly crafted visual update to the admin that we all know and love. MP6 is the future.

Screenshots

What problems are we trying to solve?

The current wp-admin has:

  • An outdated visual appearance.
  • Outdated technology.
  • Low contrast.
  • Suboptimal readability.

We’ve solved these problems with the following:

Modern aesthetics

  • Open Sans — a font as free as we are.
  • Cleaner styles — goodbye decoration, hello simplicity. Affordances still welcome.
  • Let it breathe — increased spacing between elements, which allow for better overall hierarchy and whitespace to guide the eye.

Improved contrast and readibility

  • Higher contrast dark default color scheme — great for eyes of all ages.
  • Lower contrast light default color scheme — helpful for those with dyslexia and sensitivity to light.
  • Refined typography — larger font sizes, crafted with better readability in mind.

Future-forward

Inherently HiDPI

  • Vector icons — beautiful and crisp at any resolution.
  • CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. effects instead of images — cleaner, faster, and more flexible.

Responsive

Why MP6?

Results

While we haven’t explicitly user tested this new skin, it’s been running on WordPress.comWordPress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/ for months with minimal issues. The same old WordPress admin functionality is still there, just with a fresh coat of paint.

#3-8, #core-plugins, #feature-plugins, #mp6, #proposal