Themes Team Meeting Notes – May 10, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on May 10, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. Here is the theme statistic for the past 7 days. The most current stats can be found here.

  • 310 tickets were opened
  • 301 tickets were closed:
    • 289 tickets were made live.
      • 13 new Themes were made live.
      • 276 Theme updates were made live.
      • 1 more was approved but is waiting to be made live.
    • 12 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 3

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:  2 block themes are under review. 

2. WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe 2022

WordCamp Europe 2022 will kick off on June 2, 2022. During the 3 day event, the contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. will be taking place on the first day June 2. Contributor Day is for everyone. All skills and levels of experience are welcome and needed. If you are interested in participating, please register here.

3. Open Floor

No questions or comments related to the theme review were brought up during the open floor. 

Notes

WordPress 6.0 release candidate (RC1) is available. WordPress 6.0 is planned for official release on May 24th, 2022! 

@milana_cap has a great write-up summarizing the changes and enhancements included in the release candidateRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. 1. Learn more at this link

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Themes Team Meeting Notes – April 26, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on April 26, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting was facilitated by @kafleg. The note was taken by @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. Here is the theme statistic for the past 7 days. The most current stats can be found here.

  • 356 tickets were opened
  • 366 tickets were closed:
    • 348 tickets were made live.
      • 30 new Themes were made live.
      • 318 Theme updates were made live.
      • 0 more was approved but is waiting to be made live.
    • 16 tickets were not-approved.
    • 2 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 4

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:  5 block themes are under review. 

2. Lesson plan: Review help wanted

The themes team is working on the Lesson plan for how to submit a theme to the WordPress repository. Feedback and comments would be greatly appreciated. 

Also, we’re looking for contributors who can help us to write some lessons related to themes and to publish in learn.wordpress.org website. 

3. Open Floor

No questions or comments related to the theme review were brought up during the open floor. 

4. Follow up

Block Lock
We discussed whether the block lock should be allowed in the themes. The themes team discussed that themes can have the block lock as long as themes provide a mechanism to limit users from using the features. Users must be able to enable or disable using 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/ UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing.

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Themes Team Meeting Notes – April 12, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on April 12, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting was facilitated by @kafleg. The note was taken by @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. Here is the theme statistic for the past 7 days. The most current stats can be found here.

  • 363 tickets were opened
  • 362 tickets were closed:
    • 348 tickets were made live.
      • 41 new Themes were made live.
      • 307 Theme updates were made live.
      • 1 more was approved but is waiting to be made live.
    • 13 tickets were not-approved.
    • 1 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 5

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: 
3 block themes are live in the past 7 days.

2. Block Locking UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing.

The new feature “Block Lock” is scheduled to be shipped in the WordPress 6.0 release. The main purpose of this feature is to limit access to UI using the block editor settings. We discussed whether it should be allowed in the themes. @greenshady stated the block-level locking can be a useful tool for theme dev and end-users can unlock the locked blocks, but the block lock falls under 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 territory. We did not make a definite decision during the meeting, but the themes team will continue to discuss as the block lock feature progress. Please comment below to share your feedback. 

3. Themes that haven’t been updated in over 2 years

We discussed what would be the best way to manage the themes that have not been updated for over 2 years. @dd32 suggested providing authors with options to update, leave as-is, or request closure. 

@joyously suggested sending an email before each WordPress release asking theme authors to test their themes, and removing the “This theme hasn’t been updated in over 2 years.” banner.  @benlumia007 suggested email would be better than having a banner because it will lose attraction to people who want to use it even if the theme is outdated.

4. Open Floor

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)-Ready Block Themes

Currently, none of the block themes, including Twenty Twenty-Two, are tagged as accessibility-ready. This ticket discusses the ongoing efforts to make block themes accessible. Feedback and comments would be greatly appreciated. 

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Themes Team Meeting Notes – March 22, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on March 22, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting was facilitated by @kafleg. The note was taken by @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel.

1. Weekly updates

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. Here is the theme statistic for the past 7 days. The most current stats can be found here.

  • 374 tickets were opened
  • 367 tickets were closed:
    • 352 tickets were made live.
      • 19 new Themes were made live.
      • 333 Theme updates were made live.
      • 0 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 15 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 4

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: 
block themes are live in the past 7 days.
Currently, 2 Block themes are under reviewing.

2. Open Floor

@shivashankerbhatta asked whether themes are allowed to have a carousel or slider using the query block. We discussed that themes are not permitted to have custom blocks as users lose their inputs when switching the themes. Features such as carousel or slider should be done by plugins. 

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Themes Team Meeting Notes – March 8, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes from the themes review team discussion on March 8, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting was facilitated by @kafleg. The note was taken by @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. 

Here is the theme statistic for the past 7 days. The most current stats can be found here.

  • 441 tickets were opened
  • 447 tickets were closed:
    • 435 tickets were made live.
      • 22 new Themes were made live.
      • 413 Theme updates were made live.
      • 0 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 12 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 2

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: 
0 block themes are live in the past 7 days.  

2. Updates

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) guidelines update:
Headings requirement has been revised for accessibility-ready themes. The following requirements are now acceptable. 

  • Multiple <h1>
  • Skip hierarchical levels

Please note the above practices are acceptable but still highly discouraged. Learn more about the headings requirement.  Big thanks to @joedolson.

Accessibility for block themes:
Currently, there are no block themes that meet the accessibility requirements. This ticket discusses how block themes can be more accessible by identifying current accessibility problems in blocks and improving the accessibility testing process.  Learn more detail here

Defining guidelines for the child themeChild theme A Child Theme is a customized theme based upon a Parent Theme. It’s considered best practice to create a child theme if you want to modify the CSS of your theme. https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/advanced-topics/child-themes/.:
@thinkupthemes suggested defining guidelines for the child themes. View full conversation here

3. Open Floor

No questions or comments related to the theme review were brought during the open floor. But @kafleg asked the attendees about their plan to attend WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe 2022. Some of the attendees are planning to attend. We’ll come up with the details about Contributors Day soon.

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