WordPress 3.5, the next version of our beloved content management system, has a release date set: December 5th, 2012. For those keeping score at home, that’s just a scant five months away. Release leader Andrew Nacin announced the date during Wednesday’s developer chat, where a rough scope for 3.5 was also laid out.
Keep in mind that the list below is only tentative, and the final scope hasn’t quite yet come together. But, I can say the following things were discussed by contributors during the Wednesday chat:
- New default theme Twenty Twelve (more on that soon)
- User interface and experience tweaks, mostly matching up the discussions going on over at Make.WordPress.org/UI lately
- Updates to the customizer including header/background image handling and menus
- Removal of the link manager
- Gallery management and revamped upload/insert workflows
Anyone excited yet? I am.
Okay, yes, the feature scope is only tentative — emphasis Andrew Nacin’s. You can read through the full IRC log from Wednesday if you like; that’s where I pulled the screenshot above from.
Which aspects of the 3.5 scope excite you the most? Will you be stepping forward to contribute to this next development cycle?