Mike Linksvayer

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why not

svn sw http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/4.2


these two "under the hood" items look interesting

utf8mb4 support
Database character encoding has changed from utf8 to utf8mb4, which adds support for a whole range of new 4-byte characters.

JavaScript accessibility
You can now send audible notifications to screen readers in JavaScript with wp.a11y.speak(). Pass it a string, and an update will be sent to a dedicated ARIA live notifications area.
Background on the 1st, which I had never heard of before http://pento.net/2014/04/07/wordpress-and-utf-8/

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I spent years fighting the broken 3-byte-maximum utf8 support in MySQL for MediaWiki... glad to see apps starting to use the fixed 4-byte-friendly version now that it's pretty widely available.

I suspect this was driven for WordPress by desire for emoji support rather than the actual languages that require it though. ;)

Brion Vibber at 2015-04-23T20:51:04Z

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