Agenda, Dev Chat, Wednesday June 19, 2024

The next WordPress Developers Chat will take place on  Wednesday June 19, 2024 at 20:00 UTC in the core channel on Make WordPress Slack.

The live meeting will focus on the discussion for upcoming releases, and have an open floor section.

Additional items will be referred to in the various curated agenda sections, as below. If you have ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. requests for help, please do continue to post details in the comments section at the end of this agenda.

Announcements

WordPress 6.6 Beta 3 was released on June 18. Contributors are still focused 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.

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. WordPress 6.6 Beta 3 was released on Tuesday, June 18. Please continue to test and leave feedback. You can read more about the features included in this release in the 6.6 source of truth.

Next maintenance release

No maintenance releases are currently being planned.

Next 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/ release: 18.6

Gutenberg 18.6 is scheduled for June 19 and will include these issues. This version will NOT be included in the WordPress 6.6 release.

Discussions

As we’re in the middle of the 6.6 release cycle, we’ll prioritize any items for this release. Please review the Editor Updates section of this agenda for a list of updates on several key features related to this release.

Highlighted Posts

Editor updates

You can keep up to date with the major Editor features that are currently in progress for 6.6 by viewing these Iteration issues.

Props to @annezazu for putting together these updates.

6.6 related: Don’t expose pattern shuffle feature when content has been edited could use some more feedback & a quick note that the 6.6 Microsite has begun.

Outside of 6.6:

Tickets for assistance

Tickets for 6.6 will be prioritized.

Please include details of tickets / PRs and the links in the comments, and if you intend to be available during the meeting if there are any questions or you will be async.

Open floor

Items for this can be shared in the comments.

Props to @joemcgill for reviewing.

#agenda, #core, #dev-chat

Summary, Dev Chat, June 12, 2024

Start of the meeting in 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/., facilitated by @joemcgill. 🔗 Agenda post.

Announcements

  • WordPress 6.6 Beta 2 was released on June 11. Thanks to everyone who was involved in getting that release. Please keep testing!

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.

WordPress 6.6 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. 3 is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 18, and is the last scheduled beta before 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). 1. See the release schedule here.

@marybaum noted that the About page is currently in progress.

@joemcgill reminded everyone that we should be working on getting 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. published in the next 2 weeks before the field guideField guide The field guide is a type of blogpost published on Make/Core during the release candidate phase of the WordPress release cycle. The field guide generally lists all the dev notes published during the beta cycle. This guide is linked in the about page of the corresponding version of WordPress, in the release post and in the HelpHub version page. is finalized.

Next 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/ release: 18.6

Gutenberg 18.6 is scheduled for June 19 and will include these issues. This version will NOT be included in the WordPress 6.6 release.

Discussion

We didn’t have anything specific for discussion for this chat, as many folks were at WCEU.

We discussed how best to stay up to date with UIUI User interface changes in the Editor. @joemcgill noted that changes to the editor UI happen in the gutenberg repo, and are released first in the Gutenberg 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 so they can be tested before being included in a WordPress major release. Discussion about those changes generally happen in issues and PRs on that repo.

Additionally, plans for WordPress 6.6 were summarized in this Roadmap post, which may be a good way to see what else is changing so you can test and provide feedback before the final release.

@hellofromtonya also mentioned the #core-editor channel, which is helpful for when you’re looking for where to start and if a feature or change is in the works.

@colorful-tones added: Another means to keep up to date on the latest updates is to check out (and consider subscribing to updates in the 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.) the WordPress Developer Blog. For example, the latest post: What’s new for developers? (June 2024) mentions this newer feature here.

@joemcgill also raised @dmsnell‘s excellently written proposal — Proposal: Bits as dynamic tokens — and recommended taking time to read it and provide feedback or ask questions in the comments of that post.

Open Floor

@oglekler kindly offered to help support 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/. at WCEU remotely, and contributors on the day were encouraged to join the #core Slack channel for help both on the day and going forward.

We also discussed not pinning the 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. scrub post, since it’s so long, and instead just link to it from the release page.

@ironprogrammer suggested posting a short signpost message pointing to the scrub, close comments, pin it. Or a sidebar update.

@joemcgill suggested exploring the excerptExcerpt An excerpt is the description of the blog post or page that will by default show on the blog archive page, in search results (SERPs), and on social media. With an SEO plugin, the excerpt may also be in that plugin’s metabox. feature on the Make team blogs.

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.

#6-6, #dev-chat, #summary

Agenda, Dev Chat, Wednesday June 12, 2024

The next WordPress Developers Chat will take place on  Wednesday June 12, 2024 at 20:00 UTC in the core channel on Make WordPress Slack.

The live meeting will focus on the discussion for upcoming releases, and have an open floor section.

Additional items will be referred to in the various curated agenda sections, as below. If you have ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. requests for help, please do continue to post details in the comments section at the end of this agenda.

Announcements

WordPress 6.6 Beta 2 was released on June 11. Contributors will now be focused 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.

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. WordPress 6.6 Beta 2 was released on Tuesday, June 11. Please continue testing.

Next maintenance release

No maintenance releases are currently being planned.

Next 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/ release: 18.6

Gutenberg 18.6 is scheduled for June 19 and will include these issues. This version will NOT be included in the WordPress 6.6 release.

Discussions

As we’re in the middle of the 6.6 release cycle, we’ll prioritize any items for this release. Please review the Editor Updates section of this agenda for a list of updates of several key features related to this release.

Highlighted Posts

Editor updates

You can keep up to date with the major Editor features that are currently in progress for 6.6 by viewing these Iteration issues.

Props to @annezazu for putting together these updates.

6.6 related updates:

  • Color & style variations: changes were made to this feature in light of the discussion in Allow theme authors to opt out of color and typography preset autogeneration in WordPress 6.6. TLDR: color and typography presets will not be autogenerated from current style variations and instead will need to be intentionally made.
  • Unified publish flows: after a discussion revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. have been returned to a higher level of prominence in the publish flow. Thank you everyone who chimed in.

Outside of 6.6:

  • Phase 3: Data views: Bootstrap Actions Extensibility API has merged to allow third-party developers to register and unregister post type actions, a new issue has been opened for bringing DataViews to Posts, Categories and Tags, and a very basic PR was merged for Posts Dashboard: Add a new experimental empty page. All of this helps move forward opening up data views to third parties and to more places in the WordPress experience, starting as experiments.
  • Phase 3: In line commenting: PR continues to be worked on to bring about an initial experimental feature for in line 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. commenting. This will also be implemented as an experiment in order to get feedback.
  • Phase 3: Media Library: Designs were updated for Phase 3: Collaboration > Media Library and folks are looking to implement an initial experiment.
  • Block bindings: a new issue has been opened to support a better user experience when modifying post metadata.
  • Site Editor: a PR is underway for Feature: Set editor rendering mode by post type which would allow developers to set the default rendering mode of the block editor (show template or not). In the PR a discussion is underway about setting the template lock view as the default for pages for 6.7 and having this as a user setting in a follow up PR that users can override.
  • Styles: a PR is underway to add a Font size presets UI and is ready for broader testing/feedback.

Outside of the above, @annezazu has published the 6.6 source of truth early look. It’s expected things might shift during the beta period but hopefully this helps folks prepare for the release and help educate others on what’s to come.

Tickets for assistance

Tickets for 6.6 will be prioritized.

Please include details of tickets / PRs and the links in the comments, and if you intend to be available during the meeting if there are any questions or you will be async.

Open floor

Items for this can be shared in the comments.

Props to @mikachan for reviewing.

#agenda, #core, #dev-chat

Summary, Dev Chat, June 5, 2024

Start of the meeting in 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/., facilitated by @mikachan. 🔗 Agenda post.

Announcements

  • WordPress 6.6 Beta 1 was released Tuesday, June 4! Thanks to all the contributors for a smooth and successful release. Please help test and report any issues you find.
  • WordPress 6.5.4 was released on June 5 and is now available for download. Thanks to all the contributors who worked on this release too! @jorbin noted that there is now a 6.5.5 milestone in tracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress., but suggests that we enter a holding pattern for ~2 weeks before deciding if it’s necessary.
  • 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/ 18.5 was scheduled for release on June 5 (completed after the meeting). This is the final release going into WordPress 6.6, and from this point only 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 will be cherry-picked into the 6.6 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"..

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.

Discussion

As we’re in the middle of the 6.6 cycle, we used the discussion time to check in on priority items for this release. Noting that an early look of the 6.6 source of truth has been published recently by @annezazu. This is usually particularly helpful for marketing, training, and docs at this stage. Feedback, questions, comments welcomed! Expect a finalized version in line with 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). 2 on July 2nd.

@colorful-tones raised concern about whether pattern shuffling is suitable for 6.6 and identified a few items that came up right after 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 that are on the WordPress 6.6 Editor Tasks board:

@joemcgill advised that if these are bugs, it is fine to fix during the beta period, but that they will need to be prioritized:

“…folks basically have the next 3 weeks do decide if these bugs should be fixed, if the feature should be removed, or if these are minor issues that don’t need to make the release. But punting the bugs is essentially committing to shipping the feature with known issues, so I would try to avoid punting them without discussion with folks closest to the features.”

@joemcgill also raised concern about the fact that we only have 3 weeks until RC1, which overlaps time that many contributors will be traveling and attending WCEU.

@marybaum requested that if we drop a feature, it would be fabulous to know that a week or so before RC 1 in order to update the About page prior to the RC 1 string freeze.

Open Floor

@apedog asked for someone to review #58932, which @joemcgill followed up on after the meeting.

@kkmuffme requested more attention to the following issues:

@joemcgill had reviewed these ahead of the meeting and mentioned that several were already too late to make this release. Specifically, the enhancementenhancement Enhancements are simple improvements to WordPress, such as the addition of a hook, a new feature, or an improvement to an existing feature. tickets and one marked early. @hellofromtonya noticed that at least one needs deeper review because of a potential back-compat break.

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 @mikachan for proofreading.

#6-6, #core, #dev-chat, #summary

Agenda, Dev Chat, Wednesday June 5, 2024

The next WordPress Developers Chat will take place on  Wednesday June 5, 2024 at 20:00 UTC in the core channel on Make WordPress Slack.

The live meeting will focus on the discussion for upcoming releases, and have an open floor section.

Additional items will be referred to in the various curated agenda sections, as below. If you have ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. requests for help, please do continue to post details in the comments section at the end of this agenda.

Announcements

WordPress 6.6 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 is scheduled for June 4. Contributors will now be focused on testing and fixing bugs discovered during beta testing.

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.

Next maintenance release: 6.5.4

The release candidaterelease 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). for 6.5.4 is now available for testing. The full release is scheduled for June 5.

Next 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/ release: 18.5

Gutenberg 18.5 is scheduled for June 5 and will include these issues. This is the last version of Gutenberg to be included in WordPress 6.6.

Discussions

As we’re in the middle of the 6.6 release cycle, we’ll prioritize any items for this release. Please review the Editor Updates section of this agenda for a list of updates of several key features related to this release.

Editor updates

You can keep up to date with the major Editor features that are currently in progress for 6.6 by viewing these Iteration issues.

Props to @annezazu for putting together these updates.

  • Synced Patterns now allow for overrides and they are connected with 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. Bindings 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. – If you are interested on how this works @santosguillamot just published an Update for the Beta phase – with short videos and a list of how things work and what will have to wait for 6.7
  • Inserter: PR landed to show all blocks when searching for blocks while a block is selected. The prior experience showed either a limited set or no blocks depending on allowed blocks.
  • Block bindings: 6.6 will see the ability to edit custom field values directly from blocks when they are connected thanks to some recent work ahead of the beta 1 cut off.
  • Color & style variations: a discussion is underway around whether to  Allow theme authors to opt out of color and typography preset autogeneration in WordPress 6.6. Please chime in with your thoughts!
  • Unified publish flows: an issue is open to consider returning revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. to a higher level of prominence, another great area to share feedback and your perspective.
  • Background images: support was added for relative theme path URLs in top-level theme.json styles, meaning a theme developer can set a relative path to an image asset as a background image value, and that path will resolve correctly to absolute path of the file in the theme directory no matter where the theme is installed. A follow up issue was opened to bring this same option for relative paths to template and pattern files.

Outside of the above, @annezazu has published the 6.6 source of truth early look. It’s expected things might shift during the beta period but hopefully this helps folks prepare for the release and help educate others on what’s to come.

Tickets for assistance

Tickets for 6.6 will be prioritized.

Please include details of tickets / PRs and the links in the comments, and if you intend to be available during the meeting if there are any questions or you will be async.

Open floor

Items for this can be shared in the comments.

Props to @joemcgill for reviewing.

#agenda, #core, #dev-chat

Summary, Dev Chat, May 29, 2024

Start of the meeting in 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/., facilitated by @mikachan. 🔗 Agenda post.

Announcements

  • 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ 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.

Discussion

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

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 @mikachan for proofreading.

#6-6, #core, #dev-chat, #summary

Agenda, Dev Chat, Wednesday May 29, 2024

The next WordPress Developers Chat will take place on  Wednesday May 29, 2024 at 20:00 UTC in the core channel on Make WordPress Slack.

The live meeting will focus on the discussion for upcoming releases, and have an open floor section.

Additional items will be referred to in the various curated agenda sections, as below. If you have ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. requests for help, please do continue to post details in the comments section at the end of this agenda.

Announcements

The scheduled date for WordPress 6.6 Beta 1 is June 4, which is 1 week from today. From this point on, core contributorsCore Contributors Core contributors are those who have worked on a release of WordPress, by creating the functions or finding and patching bugs. These contributions are done through Trac. https://core.trac.wordpress.org. should 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. We should also begin publishing 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.

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.

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 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 30.

Next 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/ release: 18.5

Gutenberg 18.5 RC is scheduled for May 31 and will include these issues.

Discussions

With the Beta 1 deadline quickly approaching, we’ll use the discussion time to check in on priority items for this release. Review the list of Editor Updates section of this 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.

Highlighted posts

Editor updates

Props to @annezazu for putting together a list of editor related updates.

Quick updates:

  • Grid layout: Stabilise grid layout visualiser and resizer saw a bonus aspect of the grid layout work land, offering a visual way to resize. Tied to this, a recent change makes the outlines of the visualizer easier to see based on the
  • Unify publish flows: Curious to hear from folks around a change to the Revisions panel making it behind a three dot menu (adding an extra step) rather than displaying it as a top level item in the post 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 scheduled posts, a PR is underway to ensure the publish date control selection is shown within the modal.
  • 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. shadows: Edit/create shadows in global styles landed and is in a solid spot for the release.
  • Block 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.: after more research and experiments, work to Add support for block name aliases for variations is being mostly pushed to 6.6 except for items from this list, which should all be significantly lower risk, and prepare the ground for the bigger changes (for are targeted for 6.7).
  • Inserter: PR is underway to explore showing all blocks when searching for blocks while a block is selected. The current experience shows either a limited set or no blocks depending on allowed blocks.
  • Data Views: a recent PR bootstraps an 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 allow third-party developers to register and unregister post type actions. This is going to be available in the Gutenberg 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 only for now and is not planned for 6.7 but relates to the overall efforts.
  • 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)review and join a discussion around a recently opened issue for Consistent Sidebar DOM and Open/Closing Interactions

Opportunities to get involved and help:

Tickets for assistance

Tickets for 6.6 will be prioritized.

Please include details of tickets / PRs and the links in the comments, and if you intend to be available during the meeting if there are any questions or you will be async.

Open floor

Items for this can be shared in the comments.

Props to @joemcgill for reviewing.

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Summary, Dev Chat, May 22, 2024

Start of the meeting in 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/., facilitated by @joemcgill. 🔗 Agenda post.

Announcements

  • The scheduled date for WordPress 6.6 Beta 1 is June 4, which is less than 2 weeks away. 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.
  • @ellatrix recently announced that the last 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/ release to go into WP 6.6 will have an 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). next Friday, May 31.

Forthcoming Releases

Our 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. is WordPress 6.6. See the Roadmap Post for details about what is planned. Also, see the Bug Scrub post for more details on when the 6.6 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. scrubs are happening.

@jorbin requested that we discuss the potential of doing a 6.5.4 release to accommodate #61269, and noted:

@hellofromtonya, @costdev and myself have been working through some options to help solve some issues that cropped up from 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 dependencies and are proposing #61269 as a solution that we would like to get in the hands of users as soon as possible.

Our suggestion is that we do a very small focused 6.5.4 on 5 June with an RC on 30 May. I am not currently aware of any other issues but would be open to including other fixes. I know it’s not much time for feedback, but am open to it as far as the schedule goes and also open to other tickets folks want to raise for inclusion.

The feedback that would be most helpful:

  • Testing and review of the proposed 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.
  • feedback on the schedule,
  • proposal of additional issues that should be considered for the release if any

@jorbin also highlighted that we will need someone with MC access, someone with a 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. sandbox, someone who can create a helphub page. Please reach out if you can help with any of these tasks.

The next GB release, Gutenberg 18.4, is going out soon and includes these issues. As mentioned during the announcements section of this chat, that means the following GB release (18.5) will be the last one planned to be included in WP 6.6. Now’s a very important time to be testing and reviewing PRs that are being synced from that repo to 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..

Discussion

Ahead of the meeting, @annezazu highlighted the following updates on features for 6.6 – please help review and provide feedback as you can!

  • About a 10 minute long video demo of zoomed out view and where things stand, including current challenges with adding it to the pattern insertion experience. As it stands today, it looks like the zoomed out experience to build with patterns won’t be ready but will be an experiment in the plugin.
  • Block bindings latest update including a run down of merged PRs, risks for the release, and next steps. As it stands today, it looks like having the functionality to allow editing of custom fields when connected to blocks will likely not be ready for 6.6.
  • Section styling has a new discussion around CSS specificity which is necessary to resolve for the feature to land. There is potential breakage that might happen with the zero specificity styles and an alternative plan presented to preserve backwards compatibility.

@fabiankaegy and @colorful-tones have been doing great work triaging the WP 6.6 Editor Tasks board as well.

@vcanales mentioned the following issues in the WordPress 6.6 Editor Tasks board that are up for grabs for developers:

Open Floor

@dmsnell mentioned the HTML API: we’re getting nervously close to the deadline but still on task for our two main updates:

  • adding a spec-compliant text decoder
  • refactoring the HTMLHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. Processor so that it always presents a normalized “perfect” view of the HTML it’s parsing

@dmsnell mentioned that the best way to support this project is to review the work or share thoughts about how it’s all structured. The WP_Token_Map (Core-60324) is the biggest general thing in view and everyone is invited to share input on it or on the dev note I’ve prepared.

@dmsnell also raised two other tickets:

  • #61009 allows storing the proposed “Bits” syntax, making it possible for experimentation inside Gutenberg.
  • #61052 allows storing custom data attributes containing dashes, which is what the Interactivity 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. relies on.

The first one opens up the ability for Gutenberg to start experimenting with Bits, which are “Shortcodes, 2.0”, or dynamic tokens for externally-sourced data. This could use security review and scrutiny but is quite small in scope. The idea is that these can appear with a name and attributes which denote that something will replace it when rendered, but where Blocks are big, Bits are small, for example:

<//wp:post-meta key="isbn">

The main discussion around this is here.

The second ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. is about aligning kses with the needs of the Interactivity API. There is more information in this ticket. It would also be helpful to have more eyes and scrutiny on the way that this has been implemented.

For more information about both of these tickets, please read @dmsnell‘s messages during the dev chat from here.

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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Agenda, Dev Chat, Wednesday May 22, 2024

The next WordPress Developers Chat will take place on  Wednesday May 22, 2024 at 20:00 UTC in the core channel on Make WordPress Slack.

The live meeting will focus on the discussion for upcoming releases, and have an open floor section.

Additional items will be referred to in the various curated agenda sections, as below. If you have ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. requests for help, please do continue to post details in the comments section at the end of this agenda.

Announcements

The scheduled date for WordPress 6.6 Beta 1 is June 4, which is less than 2 weeks away. From this point on, core contributorsCore Contributors Core contributors are those who have worked on a release of WordPress, by creating the functions or finding and patching bugs. These contributions are done through Trac. https://core.trac.wordpress.org. 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 (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/. archive, ZIP download).

@ellatrix recently announced that the last 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/ release to go into WP 6.6 will have an 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). next Friday, May 31.

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.

Next maintenance release: 6.5.4

@jorbin requested that we discuss the potential of doing a 6.5.4 release to accommodate #61269.

Next Gutenberg release: 18.4

Gutenberg 18.4 is scheduled for release on May 22 and includes these issues.

Discussions

With the Beta 1 deadline quickly approaching, we’ll use the discussion time to check in on priority items for this release. Review the list of Editor Updates section of this agenda for a list of updates of several key features related to this release.

Highlighted posts

Editor updates

Props to @mikachan for putting together a list of editor related updates.

Get involved

Updates

Tickets for assistance

Tickets for 6.6 will be prioritized.

Please include details of tickets / PRs and the links in the comments, and if you intend to be available during the meeting if there are any questions or you will be async.

@vcanales mentioned the following issues in the WordPress 6.6 Editor Tasks board that are up for grabs for developers:

@dmsnell requested that we highlight the following issues:

  • #61009 allows storing the proposed “Bits” syntax, making it possible for experimentation inside Gutenberg.
  • #61052 allows storing custom data attributes containing dashes, which is what the Interactivity 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. relies on.

Open floor

Items for this can be shared in the comments.

Props to @jeffpaul for reviewing.

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Bug Scrub Schedule for WordPress 6.6

Upcoming scrubs:

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