Dev chat summary – October 13, 2021

@audrasjb led the chat on this agenda. You can also read the Slack logs.

Highlighted blogblog (versus network, site) posts

Bringing to your attention some interesting reads and some call for feedback and/or volunteers:

The proposal for a new Make/Performance team was well received by the meeting participants. Encouraging! Please add your feedback in the post comments.

Worth mentioning:

Thanks to the 30 contributors of the past week, including 3 new contributors! Kudos to the 5 coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. committers of the week, too.

A Week in Core – October 11, 2021

Upcoming releases updates

Next minor releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality.(s)

Please note that 5.8.2 was deferred due to the lack of ready-to-ship tickets.

Reminder: @desrosj and @circlecube are co-leading the 5.8.x releases. The 5.8.x point releases are coordinated in the #5-8-release-leads 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. This channel is public and will be archived once 5.9 is released.

@sergeybiryukov proposed to also 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. changeset [51883] (which is milestoned to 5.8.2) to older branches.

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.

Concerning the next major release —WordPress 5.9— a planning roundup was published some weeks ago.

@kjellr introduced the new bundled theme on Make/Core last week. The first Twenty Twenty-Two meeting was hosted on October 11, in the #core-themes Slack channel.

As usual, there is a public repository on GitHub so feel free to help testing the theme, and to contribute to this project.

The go/no go date for the main WP 5.9 features is October 14.

@audrasjb will run another 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 on Thursday October 14, 2021 at 20:00 UTC.

Reminder: everyone is welcome to run a bug scrub on the #core Slack channel. If you are interested, please read this handbook post: Leading bug scrubs and get in touch with @audrasjb or @francina for details.

Component maintainers updates

Upgrade/Install – @sergeybiryukov @afragen

Work has continued on addressing PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher timeouts or missing files during large 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 or theme updates. A couple of solutions were implemented so far, but it looks like the issue might not be fully resolved yet. Any testing and feedback welcome! See ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #54166 for more details.

Also, @afragen made a few updates to the new move_dir() function based on @sergeybiryukov’s comments.

Help/About – @marybaum

Help/About: the component had a scrub Monday and is following up with another on @audrasjb will run another bug scrub on Monday October 18, 2021 at 19:00 UTC. So far two tickets are ready for commit action.

The #core-auto-updates team is still looking on getting a consensus on which approach to proceed with for #22316. Two competing PRs are proposed (1547 and 1724), there is a need to decide what is the best approach.

Open Floor

@johnjamesjacoby raised ticket #38231 and asked for another pair of eyes. @costdev pointed out some possible enhancements in the unit tests provided by the ticket.

@webcommsat shared that the Marketing Team is exploring how to help the Test Team reach extenders with the message to update their test suites to bring them in line with the latest WordPress Core PHP Test Suites.Everyone is welcome to join the collaboration in this document, and they are looking specifically for items to be filled in on the table on page 4 to 6.

#5-8-x, #5-9, #dev-chat, #summary, #twenty-twenty-two

Twenty Twenty-Two Chat Summary — 11 Oct 2021

In #core-themes, full transcript starts here. I (@jffng) facilitated the meeting. It was the first one!

Building TT2 for Full Site Editing

We discussed the approach to the theme’s development, which is developing this as 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. theme and fixing as much in 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/ as possible. One of the goals is for the theme to have as little CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. and PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher as possible.

Our current development focuses are two-fold:

  1. Identifying the gaps / blockers in Gutenberg. There is an overview issue tracking what’s needed on the Gutenberg side: https://github.com/WordPress/twentytwentytwo/issues/75 We could use help testing various blocks and filing issues whenever they’re not looking or working as expected.
  2. Block patterns coming soon, @kjellr is leading that effort. We could use help with PR reviews and testing as those become available, follow along using this tagtag A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses tags to store a single snapshot of a version (3.6, 3.6.1, etc.), the common convention of tags in version control systems. (Not to be confused with post tags.).

Meeting Cadence

We plan to do meetings once a week at this time (Mondays, 15 UTC), aiming to keep them around 30 minutes as to be respectful of folks time and focus on async for inclusivity.

Open Floor Q&A

  • How do we decide what needs to be worked on?
    • Ideally everything that’s being worked on has an issue — so if you find something that needs fixing, please open an issue for it, and then work on a PR.
    • Keep an eye on the github milestones
  • Is there a mechanism for collaborating on an issue?
    • Comment on the issue, so it’s clear you’re working on it and if folks want to collaborate, they can communicate in the issue and 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/. if needed
  • Is the way fonts are enqueued going to change?
  • Are you looking for triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. help?
    • You can 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.” @kjellr or me (@jffng) if you would like to help this way.
  • Will TT2 align with 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) level AA like TT1 did? How do we make sure this gets addressed?
    • Short answer is yes, let’s use this issue to track
    • A lot of this lands on Gutenberg, and for what we can do on the theme side, we hope to make this as accessible as possible. For example, the color palettes have been designed to pass WCAGWCAG WCAG is an acronym for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These guidelines are helping make sure the internet is accessible to all people no matter how they would need to access the internet (screen-reader, keyboard only, etc) https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/. AAA contrast.
    • Button states will be important too.
#bundled-theme, #summary, #twenty-twenty-two

Dev chat summary – October 6, 2021

@audrasjb led the chat on this agenda. You can also read the Slack logs.

Highlighted blogblog (versus network, site) posts

Bringing to your attention some interesting reads and some call for feedback and/or volunteers:

Worth mentioning:

Thanks to the 21 contributors of the past week, including 4 new contributors! Kudos to the 3 coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. committers of the week, too.

A Week in Core – September 27, 2021

Upcoming releases updates

Next minor releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality.(s)

Please note that 5.8.2 was deferred due to the lack of ready-to-ship tickets.

Reminder: @desrosj and @circlecube are co-leading the 5.8.x releases. The 5.8.x point releases are coordinated in the #5-8-release-leads 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. This channel is public and will be archived once 5.9 is released.

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.

Concerning the next major release —WordPress 5.9— a planning roundup was published some weeks ago.

@kjellr introduced the new bundled theme on Make/Core right before the devchat.

As usual, there is a public repository on GitHub so feel free to help testing the theme, and to contribute to this cool project

@chanthaboune wanted to clarify that the go/no go date was moved to October 14. It’s just for scheduling conflicts, there is not any worry over the release.

@audrasjb will run another 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 on Thursday October 7, 2021 at 20:00 UTC.

Reminder: everyone is welcome to run a bug scrub on the #core Slack channel. If you are interested, please read this handbook post: Leading bug scrubs and get in touch with @audrasjb or @francina for details.

Component maintainers updates

Build/Test Tools – @sergeybiryukov

Last week, PHPUnit tests started failing on PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 5.6 due to a combination of an older OpenSSL version and the DST Root CA X3 certificate that expired on September 30, 2021. This is now resolved by running the tests on the latest 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. version of PHP 5.6 (5.6.40 at the moment), instead of 5.6.20. See ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #54223 for more details.

HTTPHTTP HTTP is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web and this protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted, and what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands. 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.@sergeybiryukov

The expired DST Root CA X3 certificate is now removed from the WP core certificate bundle to resolve issues with OpenSSL 1.0.2. See ticket #54207 for more details.

CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.@dlh

The Customize component could use a designer’s eye on #54211.

Upgrade/Install – @afragen

There have been issues with 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 installation/upgrade failures in plugins that have a large number of files. See #51857 (see comment 128 and below) and #54166.

@afragen thinks he have a solution in this pull request and would love some more testing and hopefully an early commit if appropriate.

Also, there are 2 different PRs for #22316 that take different approaches: PR1547 and PR1724.

It would be great to get feedback on which approach is preferred and work on getting that committed. Please test both and leave feedback.

@audrasjb noted that both PRs have detailed testing instructions. They are easy to test and any feedback is welcome.

@josvelasko raised a PR ready for review: PR#1688

Help/About – @marybaum

The Help/About component maintainers will hold a bug scrub on Monday, probably after 21:00. @marybaum will post an exact time in the next 24 hours.

Toolbar – @sabernhardt

@sabernhardt shared a draft of a Toolbar component update post.

He also pointed out that a docs update (#54191) was just committed today.

Script Loader – @clorith

The three tickets marked early about jQuery updates (37110, #51812, #52163) are almost ready to ship, so there are RC’s in for testing at least.

Open Floor

@annezazu wanted to encourage everyone to attend the Pattern Party call for testing for the #fse-outreach-experiment. All are welcome to join in and she is always open to feedback to make participating even easier.

#5-8-x, #5-9, #dev-chat, #summary, #twenty-twenty-two