Editor chat summary: 25th November 2020

This post summarizes the weekly editor chat meeting (agenda here) held on 2020-11-25 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/ 9.4.0 Recap

  • It was noted the current major Gutenberg release was 9.4.0 (with a minor version also available at 9.4.1).
  • We reviewed @youknowriad‘s “What’s new in Gutenberg” post for November focusing mainly on the last major releasemajor release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope. of Gutenberg 9.4.0. Highlights included:
    • Percentage widths for Buttons 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. buttons.
    • Ability to switch between block variations in the Navigation block once it is inserted.
    • Size support for Social Icons.
    • Font size support for the List Block.

Preparation for WordPress 5.6

  • WordPress 5.6 is due for release on the 8th December 2020.
  • Release candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). #2 is due on 1st December.
  • As mentioned in previous meetings Beta 1 (October 20th) represented the cut-off point for new commits/features.
  • It was noted that the project board for WordPress 5.6 is now almost empty.

Monthly Plan & Key Project updates

Global Styles & Editor focused APIs

Full Site Editing

Widgets screen, Navigation screen and CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.

Updates on these projects were combined due to lower levels of activity. @andraganescu provided the update (also posted in the agenda):

Task Coordination

Open Floor

PR for enabling FSE in Windows needs review

Issue with post-content and post-excerptExcerpt An 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. output in FSE

Draft for What’s Next post for December?

  • @annezazu provided update on some items are currently on the list for the What’s Next post for December:
    • Addressing 5.6 feedback
    • Global Styles & Editor focused APIs
    • Full Site Editing (including Query Block)
    • 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/editor
  • Requested input to gain clarity on current state of Widget Screen work.
  • @andraganescu agreed to provide the necessary information.

Automated “Welcome” messages in 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/.?

  • @annezazu suggested that it would be good to have some messages automatically sent to new people who join this channel.
  • Slack has a way to do that automatically.
  • Problem: any message sent to new people will unfurl the preview for certain links. Cannot disable this on a per-channel basis.
  • @aristath suggested wrapping links in backticks.
  • @karmatosed suggested providing a link to a pre-existing “Welcome” page.
  • @annezazu outlined her proposed options:
    • One message sent in the core editor channel when someone joins with a very brief message and a nudge to the forums for support requests.
    • One message sent via DM with more specific links about where to report bugs, meeting information, the handbook, etc.
  • Any additional feedback is welcome on the Google Doc.

“Schedule” displaying instead of “Publish” on new posts/pages

Thanks to everyone who attended!

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