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Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#19503 closed enhancement

Add major core version global for easier plugin feature development — at Initial Version

Reported by: johnjamesjacoby Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: General Keywords: has-patch
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Plugin authors cannot reliably use $wp_version when doing their own feature development without hitting a chicken-egg scenario.


I want a plugin to call function foo_32() for all major WordPress 3.2 branch versions. I want a plugin to call function foo_33() for all major WordPress 3.3 branch versions.

version_compare() is inadequate for this when used in conjunction with WordPress core's versioning scheme:

3.2.1 is greater than 3.2 3.3-RC2 is less than 3.3


version_compare( '3.2', $wp_version ); -- Fails when 3.2.1 comes out version_compare( '3.3', $wp_version ); -- Fails before 3.3 is released

Using version_compare() with any combination of operators yields the same result.

Proposed Solution:

A new global: $wp_major_version

This would get bumped in trunk when development starts on the next major version. It provides plugin and theme authors the luxury of not needing to parse the major version out of $wp_version themselves. Patch attached.

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