Core-Editor Dev Chat May 20, 2020

This post summarizes the latest weekly Editor meeting, held in the #core-editor Slack channel, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 10:00 AM EDT. These meetings coordinate collaboration in the development evolution of the 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. project. You can find today’s agenda here. Facilitator: @pbrocks


CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. 5.5 — Checkout the Planning Roundup here

Gutenberg items to ship:

  • 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. UIUI User interface Redesign
  • Block Patterns
  • Hundreds of small improvements and  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

Gutenberg items we hope will ship but we’re not certain yet due to the deadlines:

  • Navigation screen and block
  • Widgets screen block-based
  • Global styles

Gutenberg version 8.1

Released last week containing:

  • Pattern searching
  • Copy block
  • Iterations on experimental screens
  • Embed transform to paragraph block.

Monthly Plan

What’s next in Gutenberg outlines the goals for May. There was no additional discussion around the current goals.

Task Coordination


  • working with core-media data flow, design gallery, image block, gallery patterns…block_id


  • Diving into docs and addressing needs highlighted here Issue 22151


  • My main priority right now is navigation, navigation and oh yes navigation! I am working with some awesome peeps there.
  • I have a side order of triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. and ensuring any tickets I touched have feedback.


  • As part of the ongoing work on the experimental navigation screen, I have added a _delete_ functionality for core data entities. If you are someone who uses entities this is interesting to get right so any feedback is welcome:


  • I’ve worked on a new CLICLI Command Line Interface. Terminal (Bash) in Mac, Command Prompt in Windows, or WP-CLI for WordPress. command to automate performance tests across branches/versions
  • Fixing some bugs related to Color palettes
  • Looking at some UI parity work between edit-post and edit-site


  • I’m continuing to help improve the Cover block, mostly around customization and the UI/UXUX User experience of those controls.
    • Adding Padding Controls
    • Improving Color controls
    • Improving Background controls


  • I’m working on getting the first pass / rough draft of rich image editing now that it’s unblocked again. Still need to know how best to limit for testing as experimental and where it should live. 


  • I’m working on template part flows, how they could fit with a site-wide column grid, and hopefully flows for setting up a new template.


  • Merged the new Welcome Guide design, which includes support for prefers-reduced-motion
  • Worked on and merged a couple of block patterns
  • Fight Travis tests, as I usually do


  • My main focus was the managed CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. PR. It’ll remain my main focus for next week.
  • 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. docs generation: audited & updated the list of packages (some are up for grabs, pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” me if you’re interested in helping and don’t know how to do it) and documented the steps.
  • A bunch of other things: help with reviews, enable only stage-4 JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. syntax, etc.


  • I’m still working on a vertical style for the Buttons block.

@isabel_brison (tellthemachines)

  • working on a prototype for moving blocks between nesting levels with the keyboard and would love some feedback and testing on it! Also addresses the inability to move between nesting levels in navigation mode.

Open Floor

@zeb asks for review of the PRs listed in the agenda comments 

@annezazu The form for the Full Site Editing outreach project is open until May 22nd now: 


I’ve got one with regards to documentation I think we should revisit the idea of publishing off the release tagtag A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses tags to store a single snapshot of a version (3.6, 3.6.1, etc.), the common convention of tags in version control systems. (Not to be confused with post tags.), and instead be versioning at the unit level. For example, the core docs include the version and changelog for each function. 


Looking for comments/help with this Issue 22332 Add screen reader only text format

@noisysocks asked for comments and review on Navigation

`A few of us (@talldanwp @andraganescu @isabel_brison @zieladam @karmatosed) have been building out a rudimentary replacement for nav-menus.php which is based on the Navigation block UI. This new screen is in a semi functional state and you can see it by switching on the Navigation experiment in the latest Gutenberg.

A new [Feature] Navigation Screen label tracks issues to do with this new screen, and the Navigation in 5.5 project board tracks work that we think is important for this feature to land in WordPress 5.5. If you’re interested in helping out with this project, please feel free to pick up one of the tasks in the project board. You can also ping me (@noisysocks) if you have questions or need guidance! `

@zeb expressed concerns with the current navigation interface, specifically referencing wanting to see the following issues addressed;

  • Issue 22089 Navigator iterations: ellipsis and movers
  • Issue 22297 Block Navigator/Navigation: Drag & Drop

The in-depth conversation can be followed in Slack archives. With the team in agreement to continue the conversation in GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. with @karmatosed noting the navigation feature is still under an experimental flag and is in an iterative design process.

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