July 11th Support Team Meeting Summary

General announcements

As you may know, we’ve got a couple tools we use here in support, which are linked to from the handbook, and have been sitting neatly in my GitHub account, which felt… a little bit wrong, so https://github.com/wporg-support has been set up, and the various tools will be migrated over there one by one as they receive changes. If you’re already using existing versions, do not worry, they will automatically update to the new location (you may be prompted to accept the update, but that’s it)

The first tool to be ported is the simple Topic Highlighter, as it needed some bugfixes, and 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) improvements in the first place, anyone using that userscript will likely have received the update notification about 2 weeks ago, but I thought I should mention it any way to make sure everyone is in the loopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. https://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop.

WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. status

There’s no immediate plan for a WordPress 5.2.3 releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software., although we may see one depending on when the 5.3 release gets scheduled for (there’s no direct plan for that either at this time, but will keep you all posted as soon as there’s any information on either of these).

The most prominent thing for 5.2.3 would be a backport of a fix to the 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 details, which require a bit of scrolling to read if you are using 5.2.2, as they got pushed down about 1-2 viewport heights

PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. http://php.net/manual/en/intro-whatis.php. Version requirements and recommendations in core

Of interest to the support crew is our PHP version progression roadmap, well I say roadmap but it’s out on a call for input right now at https://make.wordpress.org/hosting/2019/07/01/what-should-the-next-php-version-recommendation-be/

This is for the widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. in the dashboard recommending users upgrade, and not the hard minimum requirement to use WordPress, just so that’s mentioned, and it’ll be up for comment until at least this coming Monday, where we’ll look to make a call on what version we will recommend next. Once that call is made it’ll be put up and signal boosted so everyone is aware for a bit before we do the recommendation bump, but currently it looks like we’ll be aiming for PHP 7.1

Open floor

HelpHub i18n: The docs team will be picking two new locales to enable it on, judging by how those two progress, it’ll get enabled for the rest. They will announce what locales and such on make.wordpress.orgWordPress.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//docs when things are ready

Read the meeting transcript in the Slack archives. (A Slack account is required)

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