WordPress Tech Roundup for the Week of September 26, 2022
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WordPress Tech Roundup for the Week of September 26, 2022

Big Changes in WP_Query and the Nav Block β€’ Accessibility-Ready Themes β€’ Design Systems and Agency-Client Co-Creation β€’ W3.CSS β€’ WP Plugin Compare β€’ Is Self-Hosted Email Impossible? β€’ Cool Tool: WordPress WebAssembly β€’ Also: Remix Icons, PDFgrep, The only 58 bytes of CSS you need to go to parties, plus an amazing Block Editor trick.

WordPress 6.1 Beta 2  β€’ Serverless WordPress β€’ Annual Meetup Survey β€’ Catalyst for Creativity
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WordPress 6.1 Beta 2 β€’ Serverless WordPress β€’ Annual Meetup Survey β€’ Catalyst for Creativity

Help test WordPess 6.1 Beta 2! Check out the latest features that are coming in the 6.1 release. Learn how to run WordPress using WebAssembly, and take the Annual Meetup Survey to give feedback on events.

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When and When Not to Use Headless WordPress

Keanan Koppenhaver explains over at WP Mayor: When and When Not to Use Headless WordPress: If you have a strong frontend team that’s comfortable interfacing with APIs and is used to communicating changes and working with more distributed systems, then it might make sense for them to focus on the frontend of the site while…

Post Status Excerpt (No. 69) β€” WCUS Afterthoughts, Accessibility, and Pay Transparency
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Post Status Excerpt (No. 69) β€” WCUS Afterthoughts, Accessibility, and Pay Transparency

WordCamp US, accessibility, disability, Ny’s “blood feud” with Uber, and salary transparency are the topics Dan Knauss and Nyasha Green take on this week for The Excerpt.

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Kevin Ohashi: Deep History, Integrity, and Hosting Benchmarks

This is a great interview with Ryan MacDonald of Liquid Web and Kevin Ohashi from Review Signal if you value depth and breadth of experience and vision in experts. The history of the hosting industry is interesting on its own terms, and these two go back a long way. You may be surprised at what…

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Copyright, Selfie Monkeys, and the Hand of God

The Open Source Initiative has produced a podcast series on AI and its implications for open source out of the concern that “the traditional view of open source code implementing AI algorithms may not be sufficient to guarantee inspectability and replicability of the AI systems. Algorithms are deciding who stays in jail or which customers…

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Why do designers quit their jobs?

Matej Latin did a survey of designers who quit their jobs and discovered: No career progression opportunities and unhappiness with the work they do were about equal, at about 20% each. Problems with company culture came next. A lack of UX maturity was third followed by salary, poor relationships with management, and misalignment with company…

WordPress 6.1 Beta 1 β€’ Help Test β€’ #WPTranslationDay β€’ Video Courses #LearnWP
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WordPress 6.1 Beta 1 β€’ Help Test β€’ #WPTranslationDay β€’ Video Courses #LearnWP

The 6.1 Beta 1 release was briefly delayed a day but is now available. You can get familiar with what’s coming in 6.1 with the release by helping test the new features. Please give some consideration to Hugh Lashbrooke’s proposal for faster course development on the Training Team with video-based courses.

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New Features to Test in Gutenberg 14.1

A reminder from Anne McCarthy about the importance of your help testing Gutenberg 14.1 in advance of the WordPress 6.1 release: If you have the current Gutenberg (plugin) release installed, you can use block template parts without adopting everything that comes with block templates. For example, you can allow a user to edit and build…

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Making Events Accessible and Websites Under 1kB

From the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), Here’s a checklist “for meetings, conferences, training, and presentations that are remote/virtual, in-person, or hybrid.” And here’s a website with pages under 1kB from Brad Taunt who is maintaining a list of sites with a similar page weight called the 1kB Club. (Like the 1MB Club but smaller.)…

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