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Noteworthy Admin CSS changes in WordPress 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

WordPress 5.3 will introduce a number of CSS changes in WordPress admin. While the necessity to improve wp-admin accessibility was previously raised in several Trac tickets, Gutenberg’s recent interface improvements made it necessary to improve the whole interface as well…. Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.3 Field Guide - Make WordPress Core

WordPress 5.3 is shaping up to be the best WordPress yet! Users will see new blocks, more intuitive block editor interactions, improved media handling, improved accessibility, and the new Twenty Twenty default theme. Among many goodies in 5.3, Developers will… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.3: Site Admin Email Verification Screen - Make WordPress Core

In WordPress 5.3, a new screen has been introduced to help ensure the site’s administration email remains accurate and up to date. The site’s admin email (as defined when installing WordPress, and found on the Settings > General page) is… Continue Reading →

The REST API in WordPress 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

WordPress 5.3 contains a number of REST API improvements designed to make it easier and faster to work with API data from the block editor or other client applications. Register Array & Object Metadata As covered previously in this developer… Continue Reading →

Dev Chat Agenda for October 16 2019 (5.3 week 9) - Make WordPress Core

Here is the agenda for the weekly meeting happening later today: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 20:00 PM UTC. Please share any items you’d like to include in the comments below! Announcements and highlighted posts Upcoming Release Discussions Calls from component maintainers… Continue Reading →

Report: WP 5.3 Admin CSS changes tested against top 20 plugins - Make WordPress Core

In September 2019, the WordPress Accessibility team tested WP 5.3 Admin CSS changes against the Top 20 plugins on WordPress.org, to evaluate possible breakage on plugins admin screens and to iterate on the related changes. This week, those tests were… Continue Reading →

PHP Native JSON Extension Now Required - Make WordPress Core

The PHP native JSON extension has been bundled and compiled with PHP by default since 5.2.0 (2006). However, a significant number of PHP installs did not include it. In order to ensure a consistent experience for JSON related functionality in… Continue Reading →

Enhancements to the Network Sites Screen in WordPress 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

Changes to the database The introduction of Site metadata in WordPress 5.1 has opened up a lot of new possibilities for multisite. Save database version and date updated in multisite site meta In [46193], the database version and the updated… Continue Reading →

Expanded meta key comparison operators in 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

WordPress 5.1 introduced the compare_key parameter for WP_Meta_Query, allowing developers to perform LIKE queries against postmeta keys. (See #42409 and the related dev note.) WordPress 5.3 expands the options available to compare_key, so that developers have access to meta-key comparison… Continue Reading →

Use aria-label to ensure Posts and Comments navigation has proper context in WordPress 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

Many themes (including bundled themes) use previous/next navigation in single post and pagination links in the posts/comments archives. The markup output is under the responsibility of core private function _navigation_markup, which prints out an unlabelled <nav> element: <nav class=”navigation post-navigation”… Continue Reading →

Changes to wp_die() HTML output in WordPress 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

By default and before WordPress 5.3, the handler for wp_die() wraps error messages with a paragraph tag. For a number of wp_die() calls in WordPress, a plain text string is passed and the HTML displayed is valid:  wp_die( ‘This is an error message.’… Continue Reading →

Miscellaneous Developer Focused Changes in 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

Edited to include relevant ticket numbers for each External Library update. In WordPress 5.3, a large handful of small developer-focused changes were made that deserve to be called out. Let’s take a look! Passing Arrays to Supports Argument When Registering… Continue Reading →

Improvements in Media component accessibility in WordPress 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

Form controls are still unlabelled in WordPress media views. Some don’t have associated <label> element, <aria-label>attribute or some have an empty label. Properly labeling form controls is essential for a basic level of accessibility, as labels give form controls their… Continue Reading →

Updates to Image Processing in WordPress 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

WordPress 5.3 includes several enhancements to how images are used and post-processed after upload. When an image is uploaded to WordPress, alternate smaller sizes are automatically created. Some of these “intermediate” sizes are defined by core, and others by themes… Continue Reading →

WordPress and PHP 7.4 - Make WordPress Core

PHP 7.4 is in the final stages of its release cycle. As of the publish date of this post, version 7.4 RC3 has been released, and the final release of PHP 7.4.0 is scheduled for November 28, 2019. As the… Continue Reading →

Filtering nested REST response _fields in WP 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

WordPress 4.9.8 introduced the ability to limit the fields included in the JSON objects returned from the REST API, for example specifying /wp/v2/posts?_fields=id,title,author to return a list of posts with only id, title & author fields in situations where we… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.3 adds a “Show” button next to the password field on the login screen - Make WordPress Core

Many web services today display a Show button next to the password fields. The purpose being to help the user ensure that the password entered is correct. Note that a button already exists to show/hide the password in the New… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.3: Backbone Upgrade Guide - Make WordPress Core

In WordPress 5.3, the version of Backbone bundled with WordPress will be updated from v1.3.3 to v1.4.0. Developers who override on and off events on their models may run into a few issues if they have listenTo events being applied… Continue Reading →

Dev Chat: 10/9/2019 - Make WordPress Core

@davidbaumwald served as facilitator and note taker for this week’s chat held in the #core Slack channel. To view the chat from the beginning, click on this Slack Archive. Announcements WordPress version 5.3 Beta 3 was released on Tuesday. Congratulations… Continue Reading →

Introducing handling of big images in WordPress 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

The way WordPress handles large images has always been a topic of discussion for users and developers. There are generally two types of images that are uploaded: Images that have been edited or created in an image editing application. Photos… Continue Reading →

Dev Chat Agenda for October 9 2019 (5.3 week 8) - Make WordPress Core

Here is the agenda for the weekly meeting happening later today: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 20:00 PM UTC. Please share any items you’d like to include in the comments below! Announcements and highlighted posts Upcoming Release Discussions Calls from component maintainers… Continue Reading →

WP 5.3: Introducing the spread operator - Make WordPress Core

In WordPress 5.3, the PHP 5.6 spread operator has been introduced to WordPress in a number of places. Using the spread operator allowed for simplifying the code and improves performance – both in speed as well as memory use -,… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.3 Beta 3 delayed by one day - Make WordPress Core

WordPress 5.3 Beta 3 was scheduled to be released today. It is now delayed by one day. The release team will start processes on Tuesday October 8 2019 at 19:00 UTC. It’s the latest opportunity for tickets to land in 5.3. After Beta 3,… Continue Reading →

Dev Chat summary: October 2 - Make WordPress Core

The 5.3 Release Coordinator, @francina, led the chat (full transcript). For the record, here was the agenda for the meeting. Announcements and highlighted posts @francina made some announcements and pointed out highlighted posts from Make/Core blog: The Month in WordPress:… Continue Reading →

WP 5.3 Supports Object and Array Meta Types in the REST API - Make WordPress Core

With WordPress 5.3, the register_meta functions (including register_post_meta) now support the ‘object’ and ‘array’ data types. Previously, the recommended solution to create complex meta-based Gutenberg blocks was to JSON encode the block’s complex attribute value, and pass that string to… Continue Reading →

WP 5.3 introduces new functions to add UGC attribute to links, and implements it to comments - Make WordPress Core

Since version 1.5, WordPress has used the wp_rel_nofollow() function to add a “nofollow” attribute to links. Version 2.3 introduced wp_rel_nofollow_callback() as a callback function to handle that addition, so developers were able to programmatically add a “nofollow” rel attribute value… Continue Reading →

Dev Chat Agenda for October 2nd 2019 (5.3 week 7) - Make WordPress Core

Here is the agenda for the weekly meeting happening later today: Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 20:00 PM UTC. Please share any items you’d like to include in the comments below! Announcements and highlighted posts Upcoming Release Discussions Calls from component maintainers… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.3: Accessibility focus progress report - Make WordPress Accessible

For reference, full WordPress 5.3 release schedule is available here. Trac tickets progress reports and next steps For now, milestone 5.3 contains 63 accessibility focused tickets: 32 tickets are closed as fixed 31 tickets are still open, distributed as follows:23… Continue Reading →

Accessibility Team Meeting Agenda: 27 September 2019 - Make WordPress Accessible

This is the proposed agenda for the weekly accessibility team meeting on Friday 27 September 2019 at 15:00 UTC. Progress on WordPress 5.3 Trac tickets (and next bug scrubs)Discuss CSS changes related to links focus style (it’s now just a dotted outline) Links focus… Continue Reading →

Block Editor Theme-related updates in WordPress 5.3 - Make WordPress Core

WordPress 5.3 includes a lot of additions and refactoring to existing blocks in order to support new features. Some of this features require special care from theme authors in order to optimize the Block Editor theme integration. The Group block… Continue Reading →

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