WordPress 6.5 Launch Derailed By Bugs In New Characteristic


WordPress 6.5 has been postponed due to disagreements over a brand new function that might have required some web sites to obtain a plugin with a purpose to preserve them functioning.

Font Listing Drawback

What derailed the 6.5 launch is a brand new Font Library function for managing fonts that additionally makes utilizing Google Fonts GDPR compliant. The GDPR compliance half is a pleasant function that enables a writer to attach with Google Fonts and obtain fonts regionally as a substitute of serving them from Google’s servers. That’s what makes them GDPR compliant as a result of Google’s servers gained’t have entry to your web site customer’s IP tackle.

The fonts themselves have been going to be saved in a brand new location, /wp-content/fonts/. Nevertheless it was acknowledged that doing this might lead to bugs because of some file methods incapability to retailer fonts in that listing. The compromise that the core contributors initially agreed to was to require buggy websites to make use of a plugin (Fonts to Uploads) so as to have the ability to perform with WordPress 6.5.

That plan didn’t go all the way down to effectively as a result of it didn’t conform to the design philosophy of creating WordPress work out of the field.

There was robust opposition from the WordPress neighborhood.

Among the many comments:

“I believe it is a vital mistake that deviates from WordPress’ core philosophies, the prevailing technical infrastructure, and the acknowledged necessities and plan for delivery in 6.5. …By eradicating a key facet of the compromise plan, it undermines the complete plan, and means we’re basically delivery one thing we all know is damaged with 6.5.”

A number of feedback agreed that the unique plan was flawed, together with this one:

“So principally the choice of transferring uploadable fonts exterior of the uploadable folder is already confirmed problematic even earlier than releasing with partial testing.

And TBH `wp-content/uploads/fonts` path was semantically higher within the first place.”

So the fonts at the moment are again to being saved within the extra appropriate location of /wp-content/uploads/fonts/.

And that led to the announcement that 6.5 could be delayed by per week:

“Primarily based on neighborhood suggestions on the Unblocking WP6.5 – Font Library and Synced Sample Overrides and Font Library observe up posts, there was a change to the WordPress 6.5 launch schedule and a last change to the Font Library.

…This strategy ensures that the best variety of websites attainable can profit from the brand new Font Library function with out the necessity to set up or configure something. …Delivery a function that requires further configuration or technical data isn’t in step with the guiding philosophies which have helped the mission mature into the profitable mission that exists right now.”

Not With out Some Minor Complaints

The change to the place the recordsdata shall be saved did meet with the remark that storing fonts within the /uploads/ listing shouldn’t be semantically appropriate as a result of the fonts are downloaded within the case of Google fonts, amongst different observations.

WordPress 6.5 is now schedule for launch on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024.

Learn the total announcement:

WordPress 6.5 release delayed 1 week

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