This week, Mel Choyce published a post about the goals for WordPress 4.9. One part, for example, is theme and plugin updates via ZIP upload.
Accessibility meeting from August 7
One of the topics of the meeting was the accessibility of Select2 – a script for replacing select boxes. WooCommerce uses that script, but because none of the raised accessibility issues and pull requests made it into the script, WooCommerce forked it to create a more accessible version. The script was also of interest for the a11y team, as a possible solution for performance problems of multisite networks and sites with many users.
More about that and the other topics can be found in the post »This week in WordPress Accessibility, August 7th, 2017« by Joe Dolson.
PHP meeting from August 7
The team concentrated on one topic this time: the informational landing page about why and how to update PHP. They discussed that they need to divide the audience of that page into segments, and noted the following as a starting point: site-owners, developers, and hosters. They do not want to create a landing page for each of that target groups but have a default page for site-owners, which provides links to sub pages or sub sections for the other segments of the audience.
More on that in the summary post »PHP Meeting Recap – August 7th« by Alain Schlesser.
Mel Choyce published the post »WordPress 4.9 Goals« which contains a draft of the tickets and improvements that the core team is looking at bringing into 4.9.
The main topics are (quoted from Mel’s post):
- Code editing improvements.
- Customization improvements.
- Better theme switching.
- Updating a plugin or theme via a ZIP file.
- REST API.
For more details on each topic, check out her post.
- »Opt-in Usage Tracking in Gutenberg«. Version 0.7.0 of Gutenberg contained an opt-in usage tracking option, which was removed again with 0.8.0.
- »Multisite Recap for the week of July 31st«.
- »Discovering Gutenberg and next steps«. Tammie Lister, new Gutenberg design lead, shares her thoughts on the current state and next steps.
- »Dev Chat Summary: August 9th (4.9 week 2)«.
- »What’s new in Gutenberg? (11th August)«. Among other things, he team added a categories block, video and audio blocks and a block for multiple text columns.
- »Revised suggested roadmap for Gutenberg and Customization«.
- Multisite Recap for the week of August 7th«.
- »Version 1.3.0 released«. Among other things, there is the new
wp db searchcommand to search the database for a string.