WordPress 3.6 released – What’s New

On August 1, 2013, WordPress Version 3.6, named for Oscar Peterson, was released to the public. WordPress 3.6 contains several bug fixes and new features.

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What’s New

General

  • Use digraphs for German umlauts in remove_accents()
  • Use Ellipses instead of …
  • Consistently apply ‘register’ filter
  • Automatically esc_url() the URL echoed by the_permalink()
  • Allow developers to specify an Accept-Encoding header in WP_Http::accept_encoding()
  • Pass tag object and args array to topic_count_text_callback from wp_generate_tag_cloud()
  • Use wp_unslash() instead of stripslashes_deep
  • Improve the performance of backslashit() by avoiding regular expressions
  • Disallow accidental or negligent deregistering of critical scripts in the admin. Covers jQuery, jQuery UI, Underscore, and Backbone
  • Remove the_title_attribute() from anchors with the_title() as text
  • Display username (user_login) rather than user_nicename in Toolbar below username

Posts

  • The Revision Management UI saw significant improvement
  • Shortcode attributes can now be filtered via shortcode_atts_$shortcode hook
  • The ability to change post formats was removed from Quick Edit
  • A ‘not_found’ label was added for non-hierarchical taxonomys
  • Better UX for dealing with multiple users editing the same content (aka Post Locking)
  • Audio/Video support

Media

  • Add oEmbed support for Rdio and Spotify
  • .webm (video/webm) was added to the MIME types list
  • The Media Library can now be sorted by Author name
  • Bug fixed where initial gallery link-to setting wasn’t applied
  • Return from image_downsize() earlier if a custom resize function is used
  • Orientation information was added to items in gallery_shortcode()
  • New Audio and Video previews are available on the Media > Edit Screen
  • Added wp_audio_shortcode() and wp_video_shortcode()

Comments

  • Improve wp_list_comments() markup
  • Add the ability to use HTML5 input types in the comment form

Appearance

  • The Navigation Menus UI got a significant refresh
  • The Customizer can now be accessed via the Appearance menu
  • Screen options can now be added to the Appearance > Widgets Screen

Plugins

  • Prevent plugins from overriding jQuery in the admin
  • Prevent plugins with certain filenames from breaking links in the admin menu

Users

  • Remove the three default contact methods (AIM, YIM, Jabber) for new installs.
  • Pass old roles to set_user_role action
  • The workflow for deleting users has been improved

Settings

  • Allow any post format to be set as default in Settings > Writing Screen

Accessibility

  • Better keyboard/screen reader accessibility in the Nav Menus UI
  • Background image’s “select a file” link works with keyboard navigation
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