Core Editor Improvement: Text Only Icons for the Toolbar

A lot of work has been done to improve the infrastructure of the CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Editor and expand what’s possible technically. It is also important to pause and highlight improvements that make creating with the core editor easier than ever before. This post seeks to highlight one of those recent features that might have been missed in the flurry of recent releases: the ability to have descriptive text icons instead of an icon only view of the Block Toolbar. Since the Toolbar is currently one of the main ways we all interact with the Core Editor this is a big change that should have big benefits. Text icons unlock the ability for you to tailor your experience of the Toolbar and helps more people have the flexibility to create with the Core Editor. In particular, these icons improve settings from an accessibilityAccessibility 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). ( standpoint for those relying on tooltips.

To get a sense of just how much of a difference this makes, check out the following screenshots showing the different options available: 

Icon Only: 

Icon Only view in the Core Editor Toolbar

Text Only: 

Text Only view in the Core Editor Toolbar

How to find this option

Here’s a helpful GIF that illustrates where you can easily find this setting in the Options menu under the Appearances section:

Settings can be adjusted under the Options menu in the Appearance section by toggling “Display Button Labels”.

Try out both and see which works best for you. If you’re like me, you might find times when it’s helpful to use each. Perhaps you’re teaching someone about the Core Editor for the first time, and they find the text-based options easier to understand! Or, you are trying to write a lengthy post and find Icon Only to feel less distracting. No matter the circumstance, the option is there for you to experience the toolbar in the way that works best for whatever you’re trying to do. 

If you’re interested in working on features like this, make sure to join #core-editor, check out the current focuses, and attend the Core Editor weekly meeting @ 14:00 UTC in core-editor. 

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