Editor chat Summary: 5th February 2020

This post summarizes the weekly editor chat meeting agenda here. Held on Wednesday, 5th February 2020 held in Slack. Moderated by @andraganescu.

WordPress 5.4

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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ is getting ready for the incoming WordPress 5.4 release. This board should be a good summary of the current WP 5.4 project. @youknowriad mentioned that the beta1 is due next Tuesday, and it means feature-freeze.

So all features that should go in WordPress 5.4 should land this week (3rd – 7th Feb 2020) or wait for WP 5.5.

Gutenberg 7.4

If all goes as expected, the stable release should be published a bit later today, 5th February 2020.

Amongst the new updates it will include, a few highlights:

  • added shippedProposals to babel-env options
  • Navigation 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.’s submenus now have a chevron display option
  • background colour support to the Columns block
  • over 25 bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. fixes and more than 80 documentation and other various updates

Weekly Priorities

Our short term general priorities remain:

  • Landing the Gutenberg 7.4.0 release
  • Getting Gutenberg ready for the WP 5.4 release

The February, “What’s next in Gutenberg” post is up!

Task Coordination


I’ve continued the work initiated by @jorgefilipecosta and consolidated the overall Global Styles data proposal in this PR 20047 While waiting on reviews, I’m going to focus on putting together a PR to demonstrate how this data would be used client-side.


I’ve been working on a few things:
– Priorities post
– WP 5.4 patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing. (e2e testing)
– Continue my icons package refactoring
– Allow third-party keyboard shortcuts registration
I expect to continue on some of these (icons, WP 5.4) and maybe rework on the G2 branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch". and land it after WP 5.4 beta1


I’ve been focused largely on trying to land things in time for WordPress 5.4 betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process.. Right now mostly around: The new link editing UIUI User interface, columns resizing improvements. I sort of hoped to get something with “sticky” preferences using user metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress., but that one might slip, based on how the discussion around it is unsettled.


Working on the ability to create Pages within Nav Block, in PR 19775 


I have been working on:
– the PostAuthor block 19894 – this could use a review, and some design eyes cc: @mapk
– pushed with @jorgefilipecosta a fix for the rendering the Navigation block in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.
– tinkered more with always-on URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org showing in the MediaReplaceFlow component 19504 – a bit stuck on wether to use the LinkControl or move along with the older controls


I am deep in the global styles world with a side order of triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors.. Lots of interesting thoughts bouncing around: 19255 This week I am going to be exploring if we need more tools for global styles, interface beyond side and also try and create some things with the tools we are suggesting.


Also deep in Global styles work, alongside @karmatosed, @nosolosw, and @jorgefilipecosta
Mostly planning and coordinating. Also helping with Design x Dev explorations with @karmatosed on the UI


I’m focusing on the reimplementation of Social Links using the new Block Variations 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. (19887). Should be good to go.
Other focuses concern 5.4: little items needing core patches, etc. 


– Helping to wrangle PRs for WP 5.4
– Providing feedback on Columns block work
– Moved reusable blocks link to Block Manager


We keep working on Navigation improvements in general. One of the most important was the implementation of the new design of sub-menus:
19681. It makes the Navigation really better especially in terms of UI.

Also, we tried to consolidate the styles for both front-end and editor-canvas in a single file in order to make them as similar as possible. among other improvements.
Here is the navigation dashboard, just in case.

@tellthemachines – from the agenda comments

I have been working on a fix for a few columns styling issues, and aiming to make the columns block compatible with the above editor resizing functionality. The PR is 19297

Open Floor

First @aristath raised attention on 19993, which is an important addition to the Navigation block. Also he mentioned the meeting in #theme-review starting soo, agenda here.

We had a few things from the agenda comments for the open floor.

@paaljoachim highlighted pr 20015 about where to place the caption alignment button. Following a discussion between @mapk, @youknowriad, @epiqueras and @jeffreycarandang  more discussion will be held in the PR.

Also @paaljoachim highlighted pr 15102 and TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. 49185 about optionally not embedding links to another WordPress site. Many people approved @mcsf ‘s suggestion to “combine the undo behaviour with a timely snackbar notice”.

@tellthemachines had three things for the open floor, from the agenda comments.

1st is that the resizable editor work in 19082 is now complete and in need of code review.

2nd was the new public facing API of adding CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. markers to define where to start and where to end media quert manipulation. @youknowriad asked if we should wait with this feature until WP 5.5 beta 1 and not launch it as part of WP 5.4.

Probably @tellthemachine ‘s offer to write documentation/blogblog (versus network, site) post explaining how it works will draw even more attention and help deciding when to include the feature.

3rd is that there’s going to be a CSS meeting!

To discuss evolving standards, new tools and best practices join the CSS meeting on the 13th February, 9pm UTC. All details here.

The CSS meeting announcement had many positive reactions 🙌

On a final note, @jorgefilipecosta raised the new discussions happening around global styles and how those might affect they way we simulate styles and hence how the resizable editor works. @youknowriad suggested that he seeks @tellthemachine ‘s input on those global styles discussions.

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Final note

If you want something discussed during the next #core-editor meeting, on Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 2pm UTC do one of:

  • add it to this agenda document
  • or add a comment below
  • or comment on the meeting agenda post once it’s published.

Thank you and keep up the good work!

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