Editor chat summary: 8th July, 2020

This post summarizes the weekly editor chat meeting (agenda here) held on 2020-07-08 14:00 UTC in Slack. Moderated by @get_dave.

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/ 8.5.0 releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software.

  • Gutenberg 8.5.0 was released just prior to the meeting.
  • @youknowriad highlighted:
    • Better Drag and Drop
    • Possibility to upload external images on image blocks
    • 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility): Allow disabling arrow navigation across blocks
    • Anchor support added into most static blocks

WordPress 5.5

  • With Gutenberg 8.5.0 released, the focus now shifts to getting everything ready for inclusion in WordPress 5.5.
  • @ellatrix is maintaining a project board for 5.5 of issues/PRs that need to be completed.
  • @youknowriad noted the importance of:
    • testing Gutenberg 8.5.0 with WordPress 5.5 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. 1.
    • those familiar with performance-related work, to do some monitoring and improvements.
  • @andraganescu has helpfully prepared a post which summarises the features expected to be included in WordPress 5.5.

Monthly Priorities

  • In addition to Gutenberg 8.5.0 and WordPress 5.5 the following items were highlighted as priorities for the month:
    • Full Site Editing.
    • Navigation screen and 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..
    • Global Styles.
    • WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. screen.
  • @michael-arestad invited feedback on Full Site Editing flows.
  • @jeffpaul raised a query about the readiness of the Block Directory for inclusion in WP 5.5:
    • are there items the team needs to help with to ensure the non-coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. components are ready for the 5.5 release such that the Block Directory can be considered “ready” for 5.5? (Slack conversation)
    • @tellyworth was invited to provide an update on this.

WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. US Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.

  • @georgestephanis asked for a volunteer to be a point of contact for WordCamp US Contributor day for the Core Editor team.
  • @itsjusteileen volunteered to take on this role (Slack discussion).
  • @youknowriad suggested another “Introduction to Gutenberg contributing” workshop might be a good idea.

Task Coordination

Open Floor

Thanks to everyone who attended.

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