Footnotes

WordPress 5.2.4 was released to address at least six security issues. πŸ”’

The first release candidate for WordPress 5.3 is available now, as well. 🏁

Remember, this release includes and fully supports PHP 7.4! More information about 5.3 continues to be published as we near its official release:

  • In September, the WordPress Accessibility team tested WordPress 5.3’s Admin CSS changes against the Top 20 plugins on WordPress.org.
  • WordPress 5.1 introduced the compare_key parameter for WP_Meta_Query. Boone Gorges explains, “WordPress 5.3 expands the number of options available to compare_key, so that developers have access to meta-key comparison operators similar to those available for meta values.”
  • The PHP native JSON extension is required to run WordPress 5.3 and higher.
  • Jonny Harris reviews some new features and tweaks to Multisite and the Network Sites Screen.
  • Jonathan Desrosiers published some miscellaneous changes in 5.3 for developers.
  • Justin Ahinon shows how the new admin email verification screen works.

Automattic announced that Mark Davies (formerly of Vivint) is their new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Current CFO Stuart West, who has been in this role since 2012, will remain at Automattic “in a new position.”


Want to know all about privacy with Firefox? This guide from Sven Taylor is incredibly comprehensive and gets deep into the browser’s preferences and settings.

I’ve been enjoying using Firefox as my primary browser for about a month. 🦊


The 10th Yoastcon is happening on April 24, 2020, in the Netherlands. It appears this SEO conference led by Yoast will be free. (Ticket information is forthcoming.) 🎟️

In the past, this event has been recorded and live-streamed, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet for 2020.


This week is “Digital Citizenship Week,” and Yvette Sonneveld has written a quality post on the role of open source in “good citizenship.” πŸ›οΈ

As bloggers, we should consider what it means to write responsibly. As designers and developers, we can think more about the different people who are using our tools. As community members, we can equip those who may not have the privileges, skills, or abilities we take for granted.

Yvette also wrote another good post on the ways you can help younger people become informed digital citizens.


Sally Simms says the barrier to building things on the web is getting lower, which explains the popularity of the no-coding movement. πŸš«πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Sally is excited by the trends she describes, but she is quick to point out that no-code is not about taking work and market share “away from developers.” However, Sally anticipates, “there will increasingly be times when you need someone who’s great at no-code.”

On a similar note, Paul Jarvis shares how to run a $200k/year course with no-code tools. Some of the things he uses are a custom WordPress theme and the Restrict Content Pro plugin.


Bradley Taunt shows how to make tables responsive with minimal CSS. He also recommends this updated CSS Tricks post and this article on Tables, CSS Display Properties, and ARIA.


This week Meetup.com announced that it is going to charge event attendees a mandatory $2 fee to attend events, even if those events are free. Meetup.com is commonly used for local gatherings in the tech industry, including the WordPress community.

This change willΒ not affect members of the WordPress Meetup chapter, according to Andrea Middleton. Andrea notes that if a WordPress meetup group isn’t in the WordPress chapter and wants to know more about joining, they should check out this page.

The Meetup.com page linked above is being updated periodically. They could be considering the negative backlash on this move, and there may be future updates to follow there.


Paul Calvano notes that the Chrome UX Report (CrUX) shows that about 5% of global traffic has a 3G connection type, and he shows where its coming from. 🌍


Want to strengthen your JavaScript skills? Read this post by Tania Rascia on “Understanding This, Bind, Call, and Apply in JavaScript.” πŸ’ͺ

Simon Holdorf also has some ideas for helping you boost your skills as a front-end developer in 2020. Chris Coyier responded to Simon’s post with additional learning projects that focus a lot less on JavaScript.


Manuel Matuzovic takes on accessibility and shares six things he checks on every website he builds. These include automatic tests, image descriptions, and keyboard navigation.


Daryl Koopersmith and Wilson Miner go into detail about designing accessible color systems. Using a “perceptually uniform color model” is vital to accessibility because color is subjective and very “hard to reason about.” 🎨


Video and Podcast Picks of the Week

πŸ“Ή Here are my latest picks for video watching:

  • As a developer, I’ve been hearing about Webflow but haven’t had time to dive into it. I found this (sponsored) video of Chris Coyier and Barrett Johnson: “Seven Things To Know about Webflow.”

πŸŽ™οΈ Here are some recent podcasts worth listening to:

  • Elementor interviewed Rand Fishkin, co-founder of MOZ. He talks about problems with growth hacking and his new enterprise, SparkToro.
  • Women in WP spoke with Tess Coughlan-Allen about her journey into WordPress and organizing WordCamp Europe.
  • If you haven’t heard of Stephen Wolfram, add this episode of Distributed to your playlist. Matt has a great conversation with him on his “almost but not fully remote.” It turns out Stephen might have the oldest “remote” company in tech!