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WordPress 5.2.3 Release Planning
You may have noticed discussions in dev chat the last month or so* around timeframes for 5.3 later this year as well as working to release a 5.2.3 sooner than that due to resolved defects waiting to be released. This proposal provides an opportunity for us to release 5.2.3 in the nearer term while others begin to shift their focus to 5.3. Read on to see the proposed focus and timeline for 5.2.3!
Proposed focus
Along with the items already milestoned for 5.2.3, we can look into including items related to the PHP version bump coming in 5.3, backporting some block editor features, as well as improving accessibility and RTL issues. Issues noted below are linked to Trac and include their summary and related keywords for quick review.
The following relate to the PHP version bump:
• #47160: Backport blocking of plugin updates if required PHP version is not supported [defect] [2nd-opinion] [needs-patch]
• #47797: Provide compatible core update for users not on PHP >= 5.6 [enhancement] [has-patch] [needs-testing]
The following, along with any backported Gutenberg items, relate to improvements in the block editor:
• #45739: Block Editor: $editor_styles bug. [closed] [defect]
• #45935: A URL in do_block_editor_incompatible_meta_box function does not have classic-editor__forget parameter [closed] [defect]
• #47079: Incorrect version for excerpt_allowed_blocks filter [closed] [defect]
• #47216: Block Editor crashes on custom post types without title support [closed] [defect]
• #47489: Emoji are substituted in preformatted blocks [closed] [defect]
The following relate to improvements across the accessibility and RTL focuses:
• #30506: RTL: Hours and minutes fields order reversed in post editing [closed] [defect]
• #46757: Media Trash: The Bulk Media options when in the Trash shouldn’t provide two primary buttons [closed] [defect]
• #46758: Media Trash: Primary button(s) should be on the left [closed] [defect]
• #46899: Ensure that tables generated by the Settings API have no semantics [closed] [defect]
• #47113: Media views: dismiss notice button is invisible [closed] [defect]
• #47122: Media views: fix unlabelled controls [closed] [defect]
• #47141: Radio and checkbox labels rely on implicit association [closed] [defect]
• #47145: Feature Image dialog does not follow the dialog pattern [closed] [defect]
• #47386: Fix headings hierarchy in the legacy Custom Background and Custom Header pages [closed] [defect]
• #47390: Improve accessibility of forms elements within some “form-table” forms [closed] [defect]
• #47458: Fix tab sequence order in the Media attachment browser [closed] [defect]
• #47502: Media modal bottom toolbar cuts-off content in Internet Explorer 11 [closed] [defect]
• #47603: My account toggle on admin bar not visible at high zoom levels [closed] [defect]
• #47688: Color hex code in color picker displayed in RTL instead of LTR on RTL install (take 2) [closed] [defect]
• #47693: customizer Color picker should get closed when click on color picker area. [closed] [defect]
• #47758: Font sizes on installation screen are too small [closed] [defect]
While we haven’t historically handled default theme-related changes in a minor release, the following are also potentially viable and related to Block Editor and Accessibility improvements as well:
• #47190: Twenty Seventeen: Native audio and video embeds have no focus state. [closed] [defect]
• #47340: Twenty Nineteen: Revise Latest Posts block styles to support post content options. [closed] [defect]
• #47414: Twenty Seventeen: Button block preview has extra spacing within button [closed] [defect]
• #47543: Twenty Seventeen: buttons don’t change color on hover and focus [closed] [defect]
Proposed timeline
Proposed timeline for this minor release is as follows:
• Bug Scrub: Thursday, August 15, 2019, 10:00 PM GMT+5
• Bug Scrub: Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 11:00 PM GMT+5
• Release Candidate 1: Thursday, August 22, 2019, 10:00 PM GMT+5
• Bug Scrub: Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 10:00 PM GMT+5
• Final release: Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 10:00 PM GMT+5