A Week in Core – August 22, 2022

Welcome back to a new issue of Week in CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. Let’s take a look at what changed on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. between August 15 and August 22, 2022.

  • 28 commits
  • 92 contributors
  • 39 tickets created
  • 5 tickets reopened
  • 32 tickets closed

The Core team is currently working on the 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., WP 6.1 🛠

The team has also started working on Twenty Twenty-Three, the next bundled theme that will be included with WP 6.1 🎨

Ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. numbers are based on the Trac timeline for the period above. The following is a summary of commits, organized by component and/or focus.

Code changes

Build/Test Tools

  • Enable running the tests on PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8.2 – #56009
  • Increase the Dependabot pull request limit for GitHubGitHub 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/ Actions – #55652
  • Only define WP_PLUGIN_DIR when running core tests – #39210
  • Assign created fixtures to the dedicated class properties in some test classes – #54662
  • Clean up test image before performing assertions in image tests – #55652
  • Consistently skip tests for non-implemented methods in 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/. test classes – #40538, #41463, #55652
  • Correct MariaDB version check in database charset tests – #53623

Code Modernization

  • Remove dynamic properties in theme tests – #56033

Coding Standards

  • Check for deprecated options before wp_installing()#55647
  • Remove a one-time variable in themes.view.Installer.browse#56283
  • Simplify the logic in wp_not_installed()#55647


  • Account for utf8 being renamed to utf8mb3 in newer MariaDB and MySQLMySQL MySQL is a relational database management system. A database is a structured collection of data where content, configuration and other options are stored. https://www.mysql.com/. versions – #53623


  • Remove incorrect default value for $path argument of admin_url()#55646
  • Use third-person singular verbs for function descriptions in WP_Tax_Query class, as per docblocks standards – #55646


  • Backportbackport A port is when code from one branch (or trunk) is merged into another branch or trunk. Some changes in WordPress point releases are the result of backporting code from trunk to the release branch. 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 from 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/ into Core for WP 6.0.2 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).#56414
  • Ensure get_block_templates() returns unique templates or template parts – #56271


  • Fix missing labels and duplicate IDs – #55664

External Libraries

  • Upgrade PHPMailer to version 6.6.4 – #56016


  • Improve vertical alignment in the Additional Design Tools section – #56210


  • Prevent the last character of names in “From” headers from being trimmed – #19847


  • Fix aria-live text when removing custom structure – #56230


  • Cast the 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. key to BINARY for case-sensitive key comparisons in WP_Meta_Query#51740

Script Loader

  • Remove default DNSDNS DNS is an acronym for Domain Name System - how you assign a human readable address to a website’s exact numeric coded location (ie. wordpress.org uses the actual IP address prefetch entry for s.w.org – #40426, #37387

TaxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies.

  • Associate field descriptions with fields – #55651


  • Add a 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. Themes filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. in Theme Install Screen – #56283, #meta6330
  • Add support for Update URI headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes.#14179, #23318, #32101
  • Include a hyphen in the Block Themes tab key on Add Themes screen – #56283


  • Make WP_Filesystem_FTPext::size() return false on failure – #51170


Thanks to the 92 (!) people who contributed to WordPress Core on Trac last week: @SergeyBiryukov (8), @costdev (4), @jrf (3), @swissspidy (2), @joyously (2), @audrasjb (2), @desrosj (2), @afercia (2), @ironprogrammer (2), @johnbillion (2), @sabernhardt (2), @Mte90 (1), @oglekler (1), @marybaum (1), @webcommsat (1), @dd32 (1), @weboccults (1), @rudlinkon (1), @hellofromTonya (1), @jonmackintosh (1), @antonvlasenko (1), @uofaberdeendarren (1), @leemon (1), @dougwollison (1), @tomepajk (1), @ayeshrajans (1), @zieladam (1), @superpoincare (1), @mattyrob (1), @kovshenin (1), @mikehansenme (1), @hakanca (1), @flixos90 (1), @aaemnnosttv (1), @garrett-eclipse (1), @jhabdas (1), @joelhardi (1), @skithund (1), @rafiahmedd (1), @luminuu (1), @johnregan3 (1), @kebbet (1), @joedolson (1), @Synchro (1), @JavierCasares (1), @lev0 (1), @gregorlove (1), @benoitchantre (1), @ryno267 (1), @infolu (1), @miqrogroove (1), @afragen (1), @apedog (1), @markparnell (1), @grapplerulrich (1), @williampatton (1), @earnjam (1), @dingdang (1), @JeroenReumkens (1), @crazycoders (1), @nhuja (1), @sean212 (1), @filosofo (1), @design_dolphin (1), @mweichert (1), @DrewAPicture (1), @markjaquith (1), @DavidAnderson (1), @rmccue (1), @jdgrimes (1), @meloniq (1), @Otto42 (1), @chriscct7 (1), @aspexi (1), @nvartolomei (1), @mordauk (1), @knutsp (1), @GaryJ (1), @TJNowell (1), @gMagicScott (1), @mikejolley (1), @damonganto (1), @Ipstenu (1), @juliobox (1), @Rarst (1), @jb510 (1), @GeekStreetWP (1), @khromov (1), @georgestephanis (1), @jorbin (1), @joostdevalk (1), and @drewapicture (1).

Congrats and welcome to our 5 new contributors of the week: @jonmackintosh, @uofaberdeendarren, @tomepajk, @hakanca, @jhabdas ♥️

Core committers: @sergeybiryukov (18), @joedolson (3), @desrosj (3), @audrasjb (3), and @gziolo (1).

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