Test Chat Summary: 23 May 2023

On 23 May 2023 at 16:00 UTC<test-chat> started in #core-test.

Announcements 📣

  • Core Editor Improvement: Smoother Site Editing: See some of the latest updates to the editor, including revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. history for styles, templates, and template parts.
  • WP Briefing: Episode 56: What to Know About WordPress Playground: Learn more about experiments surrounding the ever-growing WordPress Playground, and what coding and testing 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) opportunities this exciting project is making possible.
  • What’s new in Gutenberg 15.8? (May 17): Get the latest scoop on what’s recently shipped 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/.
  • WordPress 6.2.2 Security Release: This rapid-response security release addresses a shortcodes regression from 6.2.1, and further improves security around this feature.
  • FSE Program Testing Call #23: Rapid Revamp: Follow along with this #fse-outreach-experiment to test features planned for the 6.3 release. With clear instructions on setup and what to test, both experienced and new contributors to testing will find this an interesting way to test and explore new features.

And last, but not least:

  • WordPress’s 20th Anniversary: WordPress turns 20 this Saturday, 27 May! Celebrate this historic milestone with others from around the WordPress world!

@oglekler also invited everyone to take part in the Day 15: #WP20 From Blogs to Blocks campaign.

Open Floor 💬

wp-now Package

@ironprogrammer drew attention to the recent release of wp-now (npm package), part of the WordPress Playground project. He noted that wp-now works with Node.js, and could be a possible replacement for wp-env. He gave an example of having navigated to a 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 source directory and running wp-now start, which quickly launched a new WordPress site to test the plugin.

@ironprogrammer mentioned that the utility could be a fast way for contributors to get set up for testing or development, and referred to WCEU as a possible testing ground for test contributors to try it out.

@oglekler provided a link to a MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. event that featured Playground, occurring shortly after Test Chat.

@ironprogrammer then shared his plans to draft wp-now setup instructions to propose for addition to the Test Handbook, and asked the team to try out the utility and report any blockers or challenges they encounter.

@boniu91 asked if PRs and patches could be applied to sites running on wp-now. @ironprogrammer confirmed having tested with plugin repos, but that testing with the wordpress-develop repo would be important before recommending it for broader Test Team use.

Next Meeting 🗓

The next scheduled meeting is on 30 May 2023 at 16:00 UTC for <test-triage> in #core-test.

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