Core editor chat summary November 6th, 2019

This post summarizes the weekly editor chat meeting agenda here. Held on Wednesday, 6th November 2019 held in Slack, moderated by @karmatosed, notetaker: @itsjusteileen.

Weekly Priorities

WordPress 5.3RC4

WordPress 5.3 is currently scheduled to be released on November 12 2019, but we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.3 yet, now is the time!

November GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. Priorities

Priorities for the coming month are categorized into these three headings: 

  • BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Content Areas,
  • Menu Navigation Block, and 
  • Tightening up existing interactions

For more details, consult this recent post.

Task Coordination

Note: Anyone reading this summary outside of the meeting, please drop a comment in the post summary, if you can/want to help with something.


  • Catchup after WCUS: so many good conversations about the editor!
  • Navigation block and catching up on reviews is my top priority.


  • merging experimental `LinkControl
  • merging new link UIUI User interface into the experimental Nav Menu Block 
  • Removing experimental flag soon, view progress dashboard is constantly updated with issues and PRs
  • Merged `DimensionControl` and `ResponsiveBlockControl` for creating Block Controls that require per-viewport “responsive” settings
  • Adding to the Group Block. Would love some eyes on this soon. 


  • the link on media+text is done, in need of design/code review
  • there is an ongoing discussion about preserving block selection by simply not clearing it
  • the media flow control is again ready for review (after refactoring and a11yAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). ( tweaks) 
  • will pick up anything re navigation that is not handled  

@bartczyz Taking on Special characters in permalink not being properly converted 

@copons started PRs for Site Description block: 

@nerrad — requesting review for PR that exposes a simple api for wrapping react elements for new feature: Introduce __experimentalCreateInterpolateElement. While I recognize this is not a complete solution, I think it provides an api for working with interpolated elements that also solves the need for i18ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill. in those contexts.

@tellthemachines working on:

  • reviewing nav-related PRs
  • reviewing/testing the font size picker PR
  • picking up PR #13203 Responsive View Controls in Gutenberg

@noisysocks doing some work on replacing the NUX dot tips with a welcome guide modal.

@gziolo worked on Storybook integration

  • Playground awaiting review PR #18191
  • Progressing with explorations for Patterns APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. for blocks
  • Proposal for an experimental API PR #18270 
  • API integrated with the Columns block PR #18283
  • Will continue with Patterns API integrating proposed API with more blocks and extract common logic as an initial screen for blocks that define `patterns`


  • PR #18162 Updates columns index.js adding translatable (i18n) where a series of sentences displaying “lorem ipsum” was not translatable.
  • Looking at PR #15827 Twitter URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL Embed automatically in Preformatted Blocks. Bug confirmed by @nerrad and ready to be picked up for work.

Open Floor

@pbrocks proposes picking up with adding SASS/PostCSS to wp-scripts process

@noahtallen looking for discussion and feedback about the block template API in his comment on Github.

@jesserh asking for review on PR#18164 to define allowed blocks per column