Dev Chat Summary: August 16th (4.9 week 3)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from August 16th (agendaSlack archive).

Feedback on 4.9 goals

  • @johnbillion: as part of ongoing Security focus, planning on several user account security related changes, for example bringing some of the Multisite confirmation emails when you change your email address into single site
  • @flixos90: Multisite team is working on REST API endpoints for the multisite objects, like sites and networks, plus improvements to the users endpoint that make it compatible with multisite
  • @westonruter: just published 0.2.0 of the codemirror-wp plugin which adds an a11y option to the user profile screen to opt-out of syntax highlighting in the same way that a user can opt-out of the visual editor
  • @westonruter: feedback and help welcomed via the CodeMirror repo
  • @westonruter: Customizer drafting and scheduling (essentially porting the features from the Customize Snapshots plugin) is currently working through designs with @joshuawold, once that’s set this will move to implementation

Component roadmaps

  • @desrosj: Multisite team using weekly meetings to re-organize the Network & Sites component’s roadmap to align with Core’s current focuses and the component’s short and long term goals
  • @desrosj: We propose using make.wordpress.org/core/roadmap/ as a location for components to house their roadmaps (multisite living at `make.wordpress.org/core/roadmap/multisite`) as roadmap posts on the Make/Core blog slowly get pushed away as new posts are published
  • @desrosj: The roadmap outline (brief descriptions of each item, a timeline, some tickets to focus on immediately) would live on these roadmap pages, and link out to make blog posts with specific details about each item.
  • Agreement to proceed with this with Multisite and assess how its working before pushing other components to do the same

General announcements

  • @koenhuybrechts: looking for update on #17268
  • @mte90: looking for update on #12955
    • @drewapicture: concern with potential performance hit due to the sheer number of times it’s called on a given page load; will leave a comment on the ticket
  • @mte90: looking for an update on #13657
    • No one around related to the Database component, will continue to look for updates via the ticket
  • @mte90: looking for an update on #40542 as well as my other patches

#4-9, #components, #core-customize, #core-multisite, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #roadmaps, #security, #summary

Dev Chat Summary: August 2nd (4.9 week 1)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from August 2nd (agendaSlack archive).

4.8.1 RC2 feedback & planned release post-devchat

  • 4.8.1 includes fixes for the text widget, delayed yesterday due to performance issues identified
  • 4.8.1RC2 on WordPress.com stable, no longer experiencing the performance issues
  • No noticeable feedback in the forums regarding the text widget changes, Trac has been quiet in the widgets component
  • #41373 reported against 4.8, doesn’t seem to be a new regression introduced by 4.8.1 or a blocker
  • No concerns with the plan to release 4.8.1 after devchat

4.9 kickoff

  • 4.9 release schedule page is available, with particular highlights:
    • WordPress 4.9 will be the second “major” release of 2017 with the theme of editing code, managing plugins and themes, a user-centric way to customize a site, and polishing some recently added features over this last year.
    • October 4, 2017 is Beta 1 and feature project merge deadline.
    • October 30, 2017 is Release candidate and soft string freeze.
    • November 14, 2017 is 🎶 Target date for release of WordPress 4.9. 🎶
    • @melchoyce and @westonruter are co-Release Leads. 🎉
  • Updated set of goals for the 4.9 release and updates to the stale Customize component page coming soon (but first, release 4.8.1)

Editor / Gutenberg updates

Call for Component Maintainers

  • @drewapicture completed annual audit of Component Maintainers, some areas where new maintainers could be useful
  • The list on Make/Core reflects the most current list of maintainers
  • Please reach out if you’re interested in becoming a component maintainer

General announcements

  • @jorbin: submissions open for Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship for WordCamp US
    • WordPress Foundation gives out a scholarship that covers the cost of hotel, transportation and a ticket for WordCamp US
    • Must be: person who self-identifies as female, active contributor to WordPress via a contributor team or a local meetup or WordCamp organizer, has financial need, and has never attended WordCamp US
    • No age limit on this scholarship, though older women are especially encouraged to apply
    • If you fit the requirements, please apply. If you know someone that qualifies, please encourage them to apply.

#4-8, #4-8-1, #4-9, #components, #core-editor, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #gutenberg, #maintainership, #summary, #wordcamp

Call for Component Maintainers

WordPress is organized into 60 components. Each component can have more than one maintainer. A maintainer triages new tickets, looks after existing ones, spearheads or mentors tasks, pitches new ideas, curates roadmaps, and provides feedback to other contributors.

Pings/Trackbacks, Date/Time, Autosave, Quick/Bulk Edit, Export, Import, Mail, Permalinks, Rewrite Rules, Post Thumbnails, Menus, and Role/Capability are currently without a maintainer. Are you familiar with one of the components and want to help to maintain this component? Please comment below or ping @jorbin or @ocean90 on Slack if you’re interested.

 

The list of component maintainers is a living document. If you are no longer actively maintaining a component, please remove yourself or let us know so that the list can be as accurate as possible

#4-6, #components

Component Page Updates for 4.4

Now that 4.4 is underway, let’s update the component pages to reflect 4.4 activity. The Customize, Editor, and Press This pages serve as good templates, though they all need 4.4 updates. The component pages are targeted at beta testers. They should describe the component, list milestones (roadmap), and explain what needs testing and how to test it. Good component pages assist triage. For details, see the previous round of component page updates.

Also, if your component has a corresponding Slack chat, link to the component page from the chat’s channel topic. This assists using Slack in beta testing flows.

Component maintainers, here are your component pages…

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#components, #maintainership

Proposed Trac component reorganization

Warning, this long. tl;dr: I propose a reorganization of our Trac components. 34 top-level components with two dozen subcomponents. New tree at the bottom. First, an overview of some of our problems.
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#components, #trac

Continuing the Trac component re-organization with "focuses"

Based on triaging a few hundred tickets in the General and Multisite components, we’ve added five components:

  • Bootstrap/Load — applies to wp-settings.php, ms-load.php, load.php, ms-settings.php, etc.
  • Login and Registration — useful for multisite, but applies to single-site too
  • Options and Meta — option.php, meta.php, etc.
  • Script Loader — WP_Scripts, WP_Styles, and script-loader.php
  • Networks and Sites — multisite only

We also removed two components that (poorly) described the problem rather than the affected area of core. “Validation” ranged from from validation tickets to XHTML issues. HTML validation issues now belong in the affected component, like “Template” or “Administration.” “Warnings/Notices” contained tickets ranging from PHP warnings to providing feedback to users. The open tickets were moved to more appropriate components. Additionally, the remaining tickets in “AtomPub” were wontfixed and the component was removed.

A new concept: Focuses

We’ve also added seven new “focuses”ui, accessibility, javascript, docs, multisite, performance, and rtl. Focuses are about broad concepts and help break tickets down by specialties and skills, rather than functional areas of core. Multisite and RTL are widely general “modes” for WordPress, and each have contributors who focus strongly on those areas, but they are not well-contained “components” of core. Accessibility isn’t an area of core — it permates the entire user experience. A ticket about inline documentation should still receive the attention of developers for that area of core (say, comment.php), while those who focus on inline documentation should still be able to do so.

“Focuses” is a new field in Trac. They’re like tags, and more than one can be assigned to a ticket. It can be queried using custom queries. And they have their own reports which we hope to properly expose and make better really soon — https://core.trac.wordpress.org/focus/accessibility.

Guidelines to help with the transition

The corresponding components for the new focuses have been removed. The “ui-focus” keyword has also been converted over. Overall, we gained five components but lost eight.

This has the potential to be confusing at first and we’ll surely need to make some adjustments. Also, the component cleanup is not done yet — this is just the beginning. Here are some guidelines for how to use the new focuses.

  • The old RTL component — use the rtl focus and assign a relevant component. If it’s RTL issues with the media library, use the “Media” component. If it’s about the RTL build tools, then use the “Build Tools” component. If it’s more general, then use the “I18n” component.

  • The old Accessibility component — use the accessibility focus and assign a relevant component. For issues with the media library, use “Media.” For issues with activating a theme, use “Themes.”

  • The old Inline Docs component — use the docs focus and assign a relevant component. Hook documentation for user.php belongs in the “Users” component.

  • The old Multisite component — use the multisite focus and assign a relevant component. If it’s related to users, use “Users.” If it’s related to the loading process of multisite (choosing a site based on domain and path, etc.), use “Bootstrap/Load.” If it’s related to the installation process, use “Upgrade/Install.” network_admin_url() goes into the “Permalinks” component. get_site_option() is “Options and Meta.” The Network Admin still has its own component. (Choosing that component or “Networks and Sites” automatically assign the “multisite” focus for you.) @jeremyfelt recategorized about 110 tickets into about 15 different components.

  • The old Performance component — use the performance focus and assign a relevant component. Improving the performance of WP_Query belongs in “Query,” improving the performance of get_option() belongs in “Options and Meta,” etc.

  • The old Graphic Design component — use the ui focus and assign a relevant component. (This is probably going to be “Administration”, at least for now.)

  • The old ui-focus keyword — This has been removed. Simply use the ui focus.

  • The old JavaScript and UI components — these have not existed for some time. Use the corresponding focus and assign a relevant component.

We may add more focuses over time. For example, the “Text Changes” component would probably make a better focus, for our wordsmiths.

Any questions, suggestions, or comments?

This is a summary and addendum of one section of this Wednesday’s weekly developer meeting. Logs.

#components, #trac

It might be useful to create a …

It might be useful to create a “Text” component that people could use for reporting typos, suggesting text changes, etc. This would also automatically be a good starter component for people who need something super easy to learn how to submit a patch.

#components