This is a summary of a discussion which happened during previous Docs Team meetings and also a proposal for WordPress 5.8.
During the previous weekly Docs team meetings, a discussion started about how the Documentation team could be better involved during WordPress release cycles.
In recent years, all new versions of WordPress have had a person responsible for the “Docs” focus (@justinahinon for 5.3 and 5.5, @audrasjb for 5.4 and 5.7, @sncoker, @m_butcher and their cohort for 5.6). But even if all the dev notes 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 Field 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. (which are the main tasks of the Docs Focus) are published, the Docs team pointed out that it’s difficult for them to make sure all the end-user documentation (HelpHub) and the developer documentation (DevHub) are up to date after a new version is released.
WordPress release Docs Focus
@milana_cap (@zzap on Slack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.) is the Docs Focus Lead for WordPress 5.8. The role of Docs Focus lead includes the responsibilities listed below. For each responsibility, one or more deputies will help the release Docs Focus lead but Milana Cap will remain the unique Docs reference person for the Release squad.
Developers notes wrangling on Make/Core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.
- Keep track of changes within the release that require dev notes
(changes that require a dev 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. must be labelled with the
needs-dev-note workflow keyword)
- Ensure all dev notes are written with enough time to proofread, reviewed, and published prior to the field guide (which is published by the Docs Focus lead at the same time as release 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)
- Coordinate with the participants of those tickets with the best understanding of the changes (the committer 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., component maintainers, the contributor who owns the ticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker.) to draft dev notes
- If a ticket participant is not available to write a dev note, finding someone to write one, or writing one yourself
- Proofread and review dev notes as they are available from the Documentation Wrangling team
- Verify code examples
- Make suggestions for additional examples
- Ensure the developer notes accurately and thoroughly describe the problem, solution, and identify proper usage of the changes
End-user documentation wrangling on HelpHub
- Keep track of changes within the release that require changes on HelpHub
(changes that require HelpHub changes (whether it’s a new page or just an update on existing ones) must be labelled with the
needs-codex workflow keyword)
- Ensure any documentation pages required for new features are created before the release
- Ensure any existing documentation page for changes on existing features are ready to be updated (the day of the final release)
- Write and publish the release version page on HelpHub
- Update WordPress versions page on the Codex
Developer documentation wrangling on DevHub
- Keep track of changes within the release that require changes on DevHub
(changes that require DevHub changes –whether it’s a new page or just an update on existing ones– must be labelled with the
needs-docs workflow keyword)
- Ensure any documentation sections required for new features are ready to be updated (they are updated a few days after the final release, once the DevHub automatic parser has synchronized the documentation)
- “More information” sections on DevHub (example)
- Block 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. editor Developer Docs
- Ensure any existing documentation sections for changes on existing features are ready to be updated (they are also updated a few days after the final release)
- “More information” sections on DevHub
- Block editor Developer Docs
A new spreadsheet will be created by the docs focus lead. The previous spreadsheet was built for dev notes over all, with a simple “HelpHub” column. For WordPress 5.8, the Docs team proposed to use a tab for each responsibility: Dev notes, HelpHub and DevHub, so they can be equally wrangled. Also, Core changes from Trac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. will be separated from Block Editor changes from GitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/.
Reviewed by @milana_cap and @jeffpaul.
Hello everyone! Work is continuing on developer.wordpress.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/ but our team is very small and we’d love to get help from more developers to help us to get it out the door. The full spec is here but in brief it’s a new site with developer resources including a code reference and handbooks. You can see the work in progress here.
Of most interest at the minute, and furthest along, is the code reference which makes use of the work done by the inline docs (phpdoc, docblock, xref) folks. We’re approaching having a production version ready but we need some help to get it out the door. Here’s what we currently need help with (in order of priority):
- Testing WP-Parser – instructions on setting it up here.
- fixing issues with WP-Parser
- Working on the code reference side of the website
- Helping to finish off the handbook themes
If any developers would like to get involved we would love to have you. We have a regular meeting on Tuesdays 19:00 UTC in #wordpress-sfd and also a Skype channel I’m happy to add you to. We would love to get this project finished and ready for all of you to use.