Weekly Digest | Week 13

For all teams, maintainers, and contributors: Daylight Saving season is upon us. Many teams adjust timing of meetings based on the EU dates and you can, too! You can learn more about each of these teams at 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/.

From the Development Teams

  • Shipped: WordPress 5.2 Beta is released and ready to test!
  • Shipped: A standalone Gutenberg playground environment has been merged.
  • Discussion: Coding guideline changes have been proposed for CSS naming and Experimental / Unstable JS APIs 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/.
  • Discussion: There’s a discussion on a new block directory and new type of 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 underway.
  • Discussion: There’s a new discussion on how to build plugins that use modern JavaScript
  • Discussion: There are updated Tide docs and feedback is requested.
  • Discussion: There is a new block registration RFC.
  • Action: Some extra code help is needed in Tide’s 1.0.0 milestone.

From the Design Teams

From the Programs Teams

From the Operations Teams

Open Calls

  • Design
  • Testing
  • Development
    • More WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. e2e tests are needed, so if you can write some please lend a hand!
    • Call for Review on #46199 from any REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/. developers.
    • The section block PR is open for feedback

Noteworthy Dates

  • Mar 31 – DST starts in the EU
  • Apr 7 – DST ends in AUS
  • Apr 30 – Proposed 5.2 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. date
  • May 11 – Global WordPress Translation Day 4

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Weekly Digest | Week 10

For all teams, maintainers, and contributors: Daylight Saving season is upon us. Many teams adjust timing of meetings based on the EU dates and you can, too! You can learn more about each of these teams at 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/.

From the Development Teams

From the Design Teams

  • Shipped: Improvements to the Custom Color Picker.
  • Shipped: The Block Management modal has made an adjustment from “Disabling” blocks to “Hiding” blocks.
  • Discussion: How to show a “hidden” 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. is still being discussed; please share your feedback!
  • Action: Testing for responsive controls in blocks is ramping up. Read more about the testing plan and how to participate on make.wordpress.org/design.
  • Action: Design work on the Showcase is underway, and there is a call for helpers.

From the Programs Teams

From the Operations Teams

  • Shipped: The first iteration of user documentation for the new block editor is now available.
  • Shipped: The Theme Sniffer plugin is now available in 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 repo; this plugin is expected to streamline theme review efforts.
  • Shipped: The plugin review team shared some important reminders around best practices and expected behavior.

Open Calls

  • Design
    • No additional calls
  • Testing
  • Development
    • Training needs some theme devs with a little extra time (#, #)
    • 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) would like feedback on #29022 and #33030
    • Cron would like a logic check of #44818

Noteworthy Dates

  • Mar 10 – DST starts in the US
  • Mar 13 – 5.1.1 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. date
  • Mar 21 – WordPress 5.2 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 (feature freeze)
  • Mar 31 – DST starts in the EU
  • Apr 7 – DST ends in AUS
  • Apr 23 – Proposed 5.2 release date
  • May 11 – Global WordPress Translation Day 4

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Weekly Digest | Week 8

This is the first attempt at a high-level overview of work being done in the WordPress project. It was very hard to accomplish, and I’m not sure this is the right format/organization. Nothing about this format is set in stone, however, it’s a start! You can learn more about each of these teams at 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/.

From the Development Teams

  • Shipped: Feature Flags are merged into the 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/ repo!
  • Discussion: Scope and timing discussions are underway.
  • Discussion: JS is looking for feedback on implementing the npm monorepo declaration in the WordPress npm packages.
  • Action: Work has started on getting the block editor into the mobile apps.
  • Action: Privacy has narrowed their scope to ten tickets for the 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..

From the Design Teams

  • Shipped: Widgets ported to Blocks design work is complete.
  • Discussion: Navigation block is a large undertaking. Feedback is being collected right now.
  • Discussion: 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) discussions around block-specific keyboard navigation controls, and the navigation block.
  • Discussion: Groundwork for the section block is ongoing.
  • Action: Help is needed to implement automated testing with AxeCore.
  • Action: Accessibility has narrowed their scope to 32 tickets for the release.
  • Action: Calls for design on PHP upgrade page, Showcase update, and Site Health Check.

From the Community Teams

  • Discussions: There are metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. tickets marked with support that could use some feedback (dev, and design).
  • Discussion: There is an internationalization ticket in need of feedback around some desired new functionality.
    Action: The User Docs for Gutenberg could some fresh volunteers to help it get it shipped!
  • Action: Training and Meta are preparing updates to learn.wordpress.org site.
  • Action: Training team is looking for people who are able to write lesson plans.

From the Operations Teams

Noteworthy Dates

  • Feb 21 – Targeted 5.1 release date
  • Mar 12 – Targeted 5.1.1 release date (if needed)
  • Apr 23 – Proposed 5.2 release date
  • May 11 – Global WordPress Translation Day 4

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