Editor chat summary: Wednesday, 6 January 2021

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, January 6, 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 5.7

WordPress 5.7 is now underway with Beta 1 due on 2 February 2021. Now’s the time to be thinking about what 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/ features 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 we want to ensure are in the release. Project board to track WordPress 5.7 “must-haves” is available. Please add issues to this board and/or reach out to (@noisysocks) if there is something you think needs to be included.

Gutenberg 9.6

Gutenberg 9.6 was released on 23rd december. The big focuses throughout this release cycle were Full Site Editing and Global styles. This release also includes many fixes and some nice new features and enhancements.

Gutenberg 9.7

Gutenberg 9.7 was released on 6th january. First release of 2021 🎉. A number of contributors enjoyed some well earned time off but it didn’t stop them from shipping exciting features for the 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. editor.

Monthly Plan

The monthly update containing the high-level items that Gutenberg contributors are focusing on for January are:

  • Global Styles
  • Block-based 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
  • Full Site Editing

For detailed plan check out monthly priorities post.

Updates on the key projects


  • On the Global Styles side, the work to include the new version of the components is ongoing. Starting with the font size picker. Our end to end tests was improved To not be as markup dependent And work with both versions of the components. There were some end-to-end tests that were legitimately failing And fixes were submitted. Besides that, the discussions on 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. translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization. continued to happen. But all the feedback was applied and I think is ready to merge.
  • Another big chunk of the work saves time escaping the theme.json structure to align with what happens with other WordPress data saved in custom post types. This work is proving a little bit more complex than I anticipated. But a part should be ready very soon
  • Currently, we are blocked on an issue regarding transpiling. zustand is not being transpiled and the build is not ECMA compliment. I am not really sure how to force the transpiling of that specific lib. All the solutions I tried failed. But I have a considerable lack of babel knowledge So any help here is appreciated


  • The Full Site Editing Outreach program is underway with the very first call for testing
  • While you can leave feedback anytime 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. https://github.com/, this call for testing will be open until January 13th.
  • If you don’t have time to test right now, no worries—another way to help would be to share the call for testing with others.
  • If interested in joining the fun in general, please :dance: your way over to #fse-outreach-experiment


  • In regards to widgets screen update Every Wednesday UTC there is a block-based widget editor chat in the #feature-widgets-block-editor
  • The first meeting after the holiday was earlier today.


  • Going through various 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. issues. A new technical method is on its way check the main issue

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.



  • Add block transforms preview
  • Display Block Information by matching block variations is merged. This includes the addition of a property (isActive) in Block Variation’s settings. This optional property is a function to match block variations after their creation.
  • Add new post link to Query Block.
  • I have a PR for new block ‘Archive Title’.


  • I had a break in December, so I’m catching up on all the things.
  • My primary focus is to continue work on the new Component System (aka. “G2 Components”).
  • As @jorgefilipecosta had mentioned earlier, we’re working on integrating things with the ‘FontSizePicker’ component. I’ll be helping with all integration efforts on that front. We’ll then have the UIUI User interface set up to start improving the UI for Global Styles.


I’ve just started working on this issue, my first contribution Navigation Block: Add support for a dynamic home URL


  • I am working on various documentation such as updating Setting up a Local Dev environment. I also made a video for it. How to test a PR issue. Etc.
  • Widget screen Using the Move to option


I took the time where everyone was away as an opportunity to solve two of the long-standing issues we had:

  • Reusable blocks to use controlled inner blocks (multi-entity save flow)
  • Refactor FSE templates and template-parts to avoid auto-drafts for theme provided template files.

One is shipped and I’ll continue with the second one


  • I’ve been working on improving the Combobox controls we added for the post author and page parent selector and could use some help/review on when someone has a chance.

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