Editor chat summary: Wednesday, 16 September 2020

This post summarizes the latest weekly Editor meeting (agenda, slack transcript), held in the #core-editor SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel, on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 14:00 UTC.

Thank you to all of the contributors who tested the 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. releases and gave feedback. Testing for bugs is a critical part of polishing every release and a great way to contribute to WordPress.

WordPress 5.6

Project board to track issues for inclusion in WordPress 5.6.

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/ 9.0

Gutenberg 9.0 was released on 16th September: 

Monthly Plan

September Monthly Priorities.

Updates on the key projects


  • Both the navigation editor and the widgets editor need all the help they can get. The current target to get the Navigation editor out of experimental is Gutenberg 9.1, and if not it will not make it into WP 5.6 due to too little time for testing and consideration before beta 1
  • The work continues on the widgets editor with a lot of feedback since it was removed from experimental 
  • More details can be tracked on project boards for Navigation editor and Widgets editor


  • There is some ongoing work on Query 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. and here is where design is discussed/iterated: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/25198.Since there are many things to consider, feedback is more than welcome.


There’s been some momentum around the Global Styles project lately (with Jorge, Riad, myself, and others working on this), these are the highlights:

  • Gutenberg 9.0 is the first to come with a UIUI User interface for users to update the theme styles (sidebarSidebar A 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. at the site editor).
  • Most of the add_theme_supports have been ported to theme.json  allowing themes to have more fine-grained control about the features.
  • There’s been a reorganization of the theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML. (docs) to better clarify its purpose.
  • Discussion on allowing creating your own CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. variables via Global Styles

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.


  • Added search in Query block
  • Added option to make PostTitle block a link
  • Fixed aspect ratio related classes on embed block
  • Reviews, issues, and triaging


  • Fixed global inserter in widgets editor
  • Moved legacy-widget block to edit-widget package
  • Working on registering widgets as block variations


  • I’ve been helping others land features related to theme.json (reviews), plus landed some bugfixes and minor follow-ups related to that.


  • Added tiny improvements to Gallery block, ID-less shortcodes fall to ShortcodeShortcode A shortcode is a placeholder used within a WordPress post, page, or widget to insert a form or function generated by a plugin in a specific location on your site. block
  • Discuss server-side solutions for block-supports
  • Discuss global styles architecture
  • Release 8.9.3
  • Explore dynamic content solutions for FSE templates
  • Reviews




  • Query block iterations
  • 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. Editor feedback and followups


  • I’ve picked up some issues from Navigation
  • Wrap navigation editing features with filters
  • Added edit in place for menu name



  • Continue to explore/refine Component 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. / style ideas in G2 Components
  • Lately, been focused on the figuring out structure details for control variations that render within Gutenberg via this G2 Layouts/Segmenting controls thread


  • I’ve been working on FSE & Global styles, trying to build a theme as a way to discover issues and fix them. Lots of PR reviews, I’ll start working on the Query block next since I’m finding things as I go.


  • Launched the guide for devs navigating the community
  • Focusing on triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. and testing this week to get back up to speed on the latest!


  • The main focus on the new Navigation component.
  • I’ve recently merged the initial PR which is not used anywhere yet and is exported as experimental.
  • The interface is in active development and will change a lot, though; while it works, it’s really not supposed to be used yet.
  • Meanwhile, it can be tested in the Storybook.
  • I’ve opened several issues for the next steps and discussions about style and accessibility.
  • Once the component is polished and fine-tuned enough, the plan is to start using it as template selector in the Site Editor


  • Updated the global styles setProperty mechanism and solved an issue that made custom gradients not work on global styles
  • Refactored the global style’s shape
  • Added separate support keys for color and background-color
  • Continued the iterations on the font-family and font-weight PR’s
  • Did some PR’s reviews and participated in discussions around the repository

Open Floor


Some discussion around more descriptive post title for “The Gutenberg Release notes”. suggestion to add the pluginPlugin A 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 version for more clarity. There was no decision and further discussion for same to be done before next release post.


Asked if extending the external preview links dropdown would be included for WP 5.6. A PR is in the work which should very likely be merged well before the 5.6 beta begins 20th October.


Some discussion around Query block to inherit default from the global query and allow the user to customize them as needed. This will avoid overriding the global query and replacing loops. No decision, to be discussed further.

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