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Found a bugbugA 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.?Create a ticket in the bug tracker.
With WordPress 5.4 around the corner, GutenbergGutenbergThe 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/ 7.7 is another exciting release. It introduces patterns and the first iteration of a new blockBlockBlock 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.UIUIUser interface design which aims to synthetize the learnings from these past couple years of Gutenberg being out in the wild.
New Block UI
After more than a year from its first production release, the community pushed the boundaries of the editor further than we’d have expected. The number of third-party blocks exploded and millions of users are interacting with the editor in different ways. This led to a refresh of the Block UI to apply some of the lessons learned in the meantime.
The redesign includes:
A simpler Block Toolbar.
Better UI color contrast.
Consistent focus styles.
Grid-based spacing and sizes.
As with any feature in the editor, this is the initial release and there’s still more work planned to bring more consistency in the remaining UI elements: sidebarSidebarA sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. panels, drop-down menus, etc.
While the editor has a rich set of built-in blocks, it is sometimes challenging for users to compose these blocks together in order to achieve the best designs for their pages. And as we accelerate towards Full Site Editing, this becomes an important challenge to solve.
Different existing community-provided solutions have addressed this by providing rich sets of templates/layout that are ready to use and prevent that dreaded “white page syndrome”. There is a need to bring some consistency and coherence to these features. Gutenberg 7.7 introduces Block Patterns: predefined block layouts, ready to insert and tweak to address that problem.
As a first iteration, the Block Patterns UI has been added as a sidebar pluginPluginA plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party from where you can pick and insert the patterns. This is considered an MVPMinimum Viable Product"A minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers, and to provide feedback for future product development." - WikiPedia and the UI is expected to evolve over the next releases.
As a start, the plugin comes with a small limited set of patterns. The list will ultimately grow and be opened to third-party authors.
Add the initial version of the Patterns UI as a sidebar plugin (this is not the final interface and work is in progress to integrate with the main block inserter). 20354, 20715.
A11yAccessibilityAccessibility (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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility):
Add an overlay to the htmlHTMLHyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. block preview to fix block selection in Firefox. 20425
Add missing accessibilityAccessibilityAccessibility (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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) attributes in the SVG icons. 20538
Fix invalidinvalidA resolution on the bug tracker (and generally common in software development, sometimes also notabug) that indicates the ticket is not a bug, is a support request, or is generally invalid. syntax error on Safari 12. 20507
Use a consistent width for the link suggetions. 20448
Use full labels for directional block movers. 20664
Columns block: Force 50% column width at mid-range viewport. 20597
Media & Text block: Fix frontend styles when “Crop image to fill” is selected 20539
Latest Post block:
Fix the excerptExcerptAn excerpt is the description of the blog post or page that will by default show on the blog archive page, in search results (SERPs), and on social media. With an SEO plugin, the excerpt may also be in that plugin’s metabox. length. 20313
i18ni18nInternationalization, 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.: Use placeholder for the default label 20475
Simulated Queries (Device previews):
Check for match in stylesheet host and protocol to prevent Chrome breakage. 20673
Fix error when deleting empty paragraphs in IE11. 20594
Fix hidden inserter toggle behind the popover. 20663
Fix block registration shared defaults reuse across blocks. 20565
Shim metaMetaMeta 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. attributes for early block registrations. 20544
Skip the Type Writer effect component in IE 11. 20485
Update browserslist to fix out-of-date caniuse-lite messages 20709
Plugin: Bump minimum WordPress version to 5.3 20628
@wordrpess/priority-queue: Fix for environments that don’t have window defined. 20486
Update jest configuration to only ignore tests from /wordpress/ as a subdirectory 20420
The following benchmark compares performance for a particularly sizeable post (~ 36000 words, ~ 1000 blocks) over the last releases. Such a large post isn’t representative of the average editing experience but is adequate for spotting variations in performance.