Dev Chat Summary 14th October 2020

Hello Friends! Here’s what happened in the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. devchat on Wednesday, October 15th, 2020, 05:00 UTC and Wednesday, October 15th , 2020, 20:00 UTC, following this agenda .

05:00 UTC core dev chat @thewebprincess facilitated the meeting and took notes. Find the full Slack archive here.
20:00 UTC core dev chat @thelmachido facilitated the meeting and @thewebprincess took notes. The full Slack archive can be viewed here.

Both groups followed this agenda: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2020/10/13/dev-chat-agenda-october-14th/

Announcements

  • APAC based core 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., @peterwilsoncc has taken up a role that will allow him to contribute to core 4 days a week 🎉
  • A group is gathering around issues that can be moved to a minor release to clear the path for 5.6 and address issues like removing the embed blocks for FB an Instagram due to their withdrawal of support. If you can help, here’s where to dig in https://core.trac.wordpress.org/tickets/minor @whyisjake will be organizing the release, so reach out if you want to get involved.

No Highlighted Blogblog (versus network, site) posts this week

Updates from Component Maintainers/Focus Leads

Open Floor

  • @mikeschroder observed some failing tests for some hosts and the 0500 UTC crew dug in to find the cause in a package update – resolution to add an issue to the board to be included for the 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.
  • @isabel_brison threw out that if anyone was keen to work on or review editor-related stuff, the 5.6 project board has a few things to pick up in To do and Needs Review columns :smile:
  • The state of PHP8 support in core generated a fair amount of discussion. Rather than summarize here, please review the archive of the conversation in Slack for all the detail. Major takeaways are the 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 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. are in progress in relation to communication around the significant number of breaking changes – Helen called for a deliberate effort towards outreach of this change which has extensive discussion to follow. Furthermore @omarreiss suggests declaring WP incompatible with PHP8 with a useful perspective from @jrf in response. Lots to dig in there, and there will be marketing and outreach efforts to ensure widespread awareness.
  • @justinahinon opened a discussion with a suggestion regarding pairing existing contributors with new ones to build connection and support newbies.
  • @helen asked for a rundown on significant issues to complete before 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 released,
    • Major Core auto-updates opt-in UIUI User interface
    • Twenty Twenty-One
    • Widgets as Blocks
    • JQuery 3.5x
    • Issues on this list

Next Dev Chat meetings

The next meetings will take place on Wednesday, October 15 2020, 05:00 UTC and Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 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.

Thanks to @francina for proofreading this post.

#5-6, #summaries, #summary

Dev Chat summary: January 8, 2020

The chat was facilitated by @francina on this agenda.

Full meeting transcript on Slack

Upcoming Release – WordPress 5.4

@francina reminded the main feature of 2020 will be full site editing. All component maintainers received a 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.” before Christmas to put together a scope for WordPress 5.4. An open call for tickets was also published on Make/CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. While @francina noted there were mostly bugfixes and not so many new features, @audrasjb raised ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #48850 from the comments of this post. This ticket is related to automatic updates for plugins (with manual opt-in), which is one of the 9 projects for 2019-2020.

@azaozz noted that the media component team plan to continue with image post-processing. It looks like it will need couple of small UIUI User interface changes/enhancements.

@audrasjb added 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 will probably focus on bugfixes on both 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/ and Core for 5.4, and target the next major (5.5) for bigger new features.

Highlighted posts

@francina noted that a lot of volunteers signed up to the release model working group. @francina will write a recap post on Make/Core.

Worth noting @azaozz published a 5.3 release cycle post-mortem.

Components check-in

Comments: @imath is working on #35214. Feedback welcome.

Core privacy: @xkon said the privacy team won’t have any specific focuses for 5.4, only bugfixing & enhancements on existing parts. Some of them need backward compatibility review, especially #44038 and #44176. Both tickets have a 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. and are ready for further iterations if needed.

Media: @azaozz is experimenting with #44427. Seems a very worthwhile enhancementenhancement Enhancements are simple improvements to WordPress, such as the addition of a hook, a new feature, or an improvement to an existing feature. for 5.4.

Open floor

In the agenda comments, @justinahinon pointed out some editing needed in the roadmap, and highlighted reactions of the community concerning handling of big media on WP 5.3. @azaozz noted most comments are about “missing” the original image in some way. The initial plan was to have a link to it in the user interface. It should be added in 5.4. Another enhancement for the UI would/may be to show when an image is missing some of the sub-sizes and have a way to create them. There are plugins that handle this, but may be time to have it in core. There are couple of pre-existing edge-cases that need fixing too. Most notably increase of the file size for indexed PNGs when resized to smaller dimensions.

@timothyblynjacobs shared #47192 as a possible 5.4 feature. It’d bring a pretty often requested feature to Recovery Mode. It would need design and copy input as well as a security review from people familiar with the intricacies of the Users/Capabilities 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..

#5-4, #dev-chat, #release-process, #summaries

Dev Chat Summary, October 16, 2019

@francina led off a well-attended dev chat – 29 active participants! – with the standard introduction and remarked that we were in Week Nine of the release cycle.

Announcements and Highlighted Posts

She issued a call for announcements and highlighted posts, then announced that WordPress 5.3 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). 1 had landed the day before, on October 16.

@azaozz and @sergey were our packagers; @francina and @desrosj led the process.

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 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.

@johnbillion called the group’s attention to a crop of new dev notes as a way to keep up with changes in 5.3 for devs; @justinahinon linked to the 5.3-specific ones here.

@jeffpaul added that pending one more dev notedev 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 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., 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. will publish shortly.

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) testing in the 5.3 Adminadmin (and super admin)

@francina directed the group to this report from @audrasjb on accessibility testing of the CSS changes coming to 5.3 against the 20 most popular plugins on the WordPress.org repository.

@francina thanked @jeffpaul for the Field Guide and @ipstenu for 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 support.

Upcoming Releases

5.3

@francina‘s call for updates prompted mostly murmurings that everything’s progressing on schedule. @azaozz pointed out there were only a couple of new tickets after RC1, and @desrosj had three to call out for reviews from other committers: #48022, #48312, #47699.

(Remember that after RC1, every commit needs signoff from two committers, not one, until launch.)

Discussion of a related ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker., #48331, followed.

Calls from Component Maintainers

@francina opened the calls from component maintainers.

@jeffpaul: Not a component maintainer update, but worth noting that during the RC1 packaging process (I believe) we confirmed that 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. would be opened back up after RC2.  That may be worth confirming here and noting in the devchat summary post which you’re reading now)

@sergey and your faithful but tardy reporter confirmed that we’ll start milestoning for 5.4 at that point, and @desrosj pointed the group to the RC1 discussion here.

The final announcement from @davidbaumwald was this:

@committers Committing to Core is now open again.  Reminder, now that we’re in RC, the dev-feedback and dev-reviewed workflow is required prior to committing, where each commit must get double-signoff.

@desrosj pointed out that 5.4 already has 94 tickets. He encouraged the group and observers (and you, dear reader!) to address these 94 tickets first or puntpunt Contributors sometimes use the verb "punt" when talking about a ticket. This means it is being pushed out to a future release. This typically occurs for lower priority tickets near the end of the release cycle that don't "make the cut." In this is colloquial usage of the word, it means to delay or equivocate. (It also describes a play in American football where a team essentially passes up on an opportunity, hoping to put themselves in a better position later to try again.) them if they’re unrealistic.

Open Floor

@francina had two items.

RC2

RC2 is tomorrow, October 22. @francina asked the group for a team and a timeline; discussion followed about some last-minute changes that we won’t be making tomorrow.

Workflow for the About Page

@francina also opened the floor to a discussion about whether or not the About Page can get locked down 24 hours before a release. For the most part, the group agreed that much of the page can, but there will always be a few last-minute fixes — especially for majors.

See you tomorrow for the launch of RC2!

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