WordPress 5.3 Release Candidate 5 Now Available!

WordPress 5.3 Release Candidate 3

Hola, WordPressers! The fifth Release Candidate for the next major release is here. WordPress 5.3 Release Candidate 5 is now available for testing. The RC5 update includes some bug fixes for the new default theme along with 6 other updates.

A release candidate (RC) means that the core development team is almost ready with WordPress 5.3. But, with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, they’re fully conscious of the possibility that something might have been missed.

The next major release, WordPress 5.3 will be released tomorrow. Since this is a major change and includes big changes, the development team needs your help to test the release.

To test WordPress 5.3, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download WordPress 5.3 release Candidate 5 here (zip).

As we mentioned above, this fifth Release Candidate includes bug fixes for Twenty Twenty, the new default theme that will be introduced in the major release.

Bug Fixes for Twenty Twenty theme:

  • color selections
  • focus styles
  • starter content
  • menu touch inputs
  • screen reader text missing spaces
  • default font display corrected to match what is used
  • table and column block css fixes.

Along with the bug fixes come a few other enhancements:

  • #47708 – 5.3 about page
  • #48312 – Fix a typo in an inline comment
  • #48542 – In wp_default_packages_inline_scripts(), make sure the root URL middleware is registered before using the media middleware
  • #48543 – Comments: check if comment form element exists before adding a key handler to detect the cmd/ctrl-enter key press.
  • #48517 – Bundled themes: several changes to ensure consistency and accuracy for default theme headers
  • #48518 – Upload: When an image was scaled because it is larger than the big image threshold, use the originally uploaded image’s dimensions in wp_get_missing_image_subsizes(). Fixes an edge case/inconsistent behavior when a registered image sub-size is also larger than the big image threshold.

If you want to know what you can expect in the next big release, you can check out RC1RC2, RC3, RC4, or WordPress 5.3 Field Guide.

If you find any bug or issue, you can report them to the Alpha/Beta support forum. This will help the development team to ship WordPress 5.3. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

Developers can test their plugins and themes against WordPress 5.3 and update the Tested up to the version in the readme to 5.3. If you find compatibility problems please be sure to post to the support forums so the team can figure those out before the final release of WordPress 5.3.

Are you guys ready for the WordPress 5.3 update? Drop your thoughts in the comment box.


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