Dev Chat Summary: October 10 (5.0 Week 2)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from October 10th (agenda, Slack archive).

5.0 planning

  • See @pento’s WordPress 5.0 for Contributors and Committers post:
    • “If you’re an experienced contributor or committercommitter A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component. who has time available during the WordPress 5.0 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. cycle, and want to be able 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). meaningful contributions towards making WordPress 5.0 awesome” … “Please reply to this post with information about your availability, what components of WordPress you have experience in, and (if you haven’t got involved with 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ yet) what you feel has been getting in the way.”
    • In that post are some direct actions you can take to help contribute to 5.0, otherwise please review and comment if you’ll be around during the 5.0 release cycle… thanks!
  • Also see review @pento‘s 5.0 commit/branch details if you plan to contribute during the 5.0 release cycle
  • @pento: if you have time to help, please review tickets in the 5.0 milestone to determine whether to keep it in 5.0 (Gutenberg-related), or move to 5.0.1 (other 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. fix) or 5.1 (other feature)
  • @kadamwhiterequest for help testing Lazily Evaluate Translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization. Strings (#41305) with input requested by the end of this working week to help remove the blockerblocker A bug which is so severe that it blocks a release. to further Gutenberg localization work
  • Plans for an updated readme.htmlHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. to be committed with contributions open until RC
  • @chanthaboune: collecting blocker items and dates across team reps, will post listing to Make/CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., if you have items to add to the listing please pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @chanthaboune directly
    • @matt: 5.0 baseline and goal is 4.9.8 + Gutenberg, thus a lot of things that may have been considered blockers in past major releases are probably going to be reclassified as “nice to have”
  • @matveb: last JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. package included in the Gutenberg 4.0 RC, on track and could be ready for end of the week

Updates from focus leads and component maintainers

  • The Gutenberg / Editor team published Gutenberg 4.0-RC
  • The REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/. team posted their meeting notes including Gutenberg-related tickets that are blocked, “next” tickets, and note on review still needed for #39953. Otherwise @kadamwhite @danielbachhuber are looking for folks with bandwidth to assist with REST API development over the coming weeks, so ping them if you have interest and availability
  • The PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 team posted their meeting notes including the Update PHP page and WSOD protection
  • The Media team posted their meeting notes including 5.0 milestoned tickets and related action items
  • The JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. team posted their meeting notes including preparations for 5.0, the annotations 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. in Gutenberg, and a generic data store API

General announcements

  • See @matt‘s post for details on the Gutenberg Phase 2 Leads, @alexislloyd (design and product) and @youknowriad (technical)
    • Phase 2 is about thinking outside the box, namely the post and page box, to allow Gutenberg to handle entire-sitesite (versus network, blog) layouts. We will replace widgets with blocks, so any 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. will be able to be used in any registered “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.” for legacy themes, and we will upgrade “menus” to a navigation block.
    • Phases 3 and 4 of Gutenberg 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. US in December.
  • @audrasjb: a11yAccessibility 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) team reorganizing, will discuss during next week’s meeting
  • @chanthaboune: as teams identify new/updated team reps, please follow notes on team rep orientation

Next meeting

The next meeting will take place on October 17, 2018 at 20:00 UTC in the #core SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel. Please feel free to drop in with any updates or questions. If you have items to discuss but cannot make the meeting, please leave a comment on this post so that we can take them into account.

#5-0, #a11y, #core, #core-editor, #core-js, #core-media, #core-php, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #gutenberg, #summary, #team-reps

Dev Chat Summary: September 19th (4.9.9 week 6)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from September 19th (agenda, Slack archive).

4.9.9 planning

  • @westonruter: highlighted this discussion about the scope of HTTPSHTTPS HTTPS is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is especially helpful for protecting sensitive data like banking information. support to target in 4.9.9
    • Looking for wider visibility on those items to get thoughts on what makes sense to include in 4.9.9
    • Relates to umbrella ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #28521
  • @audrasjb: 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) team has a spreadsheet where we sort all the tickets on the focus a11yAccessibility 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) in order to facilitate lead’s work (see this week’s meeting notes)
  • Bug scrubs not scheduled yet, when they are it’ll be posted 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)./CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.

Updates from focus leads and component maintainers

  • @kadamwhite from the REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/. team wants to propose the inclusion #41305 in 5.0
    • This covers altering how we evaluate translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization. strings, originally with the intent of deliberating a performance improvement to the REST API. In discussions about how LocaleLocale A locale is a combination of language and regional dialect. Usually locales correspond to countries, as is the case with Portuguese (Portugal) and Portuguese (Brazil). Other examples of locales include Canadian English and U.S. English. can be applied to REST API responses for 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ this issue resurfaced, because the current order of operations precludes evaluating string translations based on a passed flag (required to permit the 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. to provide translations in a user’s locale). To support these localization needs and to improve overall performance at the same time, we intend to milestone this ticket for 5.0.
    • @schlessera: There are two proposed solutions in the above ticket: one that fixes REST API schema translations only, and one that generally optimizes translations (REST API component team’s strong recommendation). The latter is highly preferable, but includes breaking changes for edge cases (as noted in the ticket), so might need a check against plugins first. We otherwise would like more eyes on the forthcoming 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. to validate the approach and to help test it.
  • The Editor / Gutenberg team released v3.8 last week including “full screen” mode, improved mechanisms for styling blocks from a theme perspective, and exposes the custom post typeCustom Post Type WordPress can hold and display many different types of content. A single item of such a content is generally called a post, although post is also a specific post type. Custom Post Types gives your site the ability to have templated posts, to simplify the concept. used to store reusable blocks from 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. inserter as a way to manage saved blocks in bulk.
  • The JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. team published notes from their last meeting including documentation of available Gutenberg scripts, reducing exposure of Moment.js in the `wordpress/date` module, and a couple announcements on introducing a formal asynchronous data flow as part of `wordpress/data` and the new `wp-polyfill` script added to Gutenberg.

General announcements

  • @psykro posted about alternate devchat options. Please give that a review and feedback, as ideally we get to a conclusion during next week’s devchat.
  • @whitneyyadrich & @dkotter looking for eyes on / update to Gutenberg issue#7762 as they are running into an issue where they need to be able to insert and manipulate media attachments within the Classic Block, but that’s not currently possible
    • Also imagine this being a bigger issue when migrating sites over to Gutenberg and all their existing content will be thrown into that block. There’s currently not a great way for them to modify/add to that content, if they need to do things with images.
    • Will review with Gutenberg team in next #core-editor weekly chat

Next meeting

The next meeting will take place on September 26, 2018 at 20:00 UTC in the #core SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel. Please feel free to drop in with any updates or questions. If you have items to discuss but cannot make the meeting, please leave a comment on this post so that we can take them into account.

#4-9-9, #a11y, #accessibility, #core, #core-editor, #core-https, #core-js, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #gutenberg, #javascript, #summary

Accessibility Wish List for 4.6 and beyond

(Cross-posted from Make/Accessibility)

Following the example from development on the WordPress Editor, the 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) team is going to start posting our goals in wish list format. If you have an accessibility goal you’d like to see the team pursue on WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., add it in a comment and let us know!

Current Accessibility Goals

  • Color Contrast: coordinate with the Design team to finish the colors. See #31713, #35659, #35596, #35622. (@afercia)
  • Settings 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.: collaborate with the team working on the Fields API 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 they’re fabulously accessible. See #18801 for history, Fields API development (@joedolson, @afercia)
  • Uniform Search: Work to address the numerous different search interfaces within the WordPress adminadmin (and super admin) so they offer the same experience through the admin. See #31818. (@cheffheid)
  • Develop libraries for Accessible Tabs & Accessible Modals
  • Accessible Video: improve the user interface and metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. data relationships for captions & subtitles to make accessible video easier to manage. See #31177. (@rianrietveld)
  • Accessible Media Grid
  • Review usage of target=”_blank” in the admin. See #23432. (@trishasalas)
  • Finish headings improvements: remove controls from headings. See #26601. (@trishasalas)
  • start accessibility work on Select2. See issue 3744 on Select2. (@afercia)
  • Finish working on an accessible Tag Cloud 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.. See #35566.

#4-6, #a11y, #wishlists