Editor chat summary: 10 March, 2021

This post summarizes the weekly editor chat meeting (agenda here) held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 03:00 PM GMT+1. in Slack. Moderated by @paaljoachim.

WordPress 5.7

WordPress 5.7 was released on the 9th of March.
Contains features such as various updates to 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, from HTTPHTTP HTTP is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web and this protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted, and what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands. to HTTPSHTTPS HTTPS is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is especially helpful for protecting sensitive data like banking information. in a single click, new Robots 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., lazy-load iFrames and a lot more. A bit shout out to @noisysocks for his work as the technical Block Editor lead.

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/ 10.2

Download the RCrelease 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). version of Gutenberg 10.2.0.

Monthly Priorities

March monthly priorities. Along with Key Project updates. Thanks to @priethor!

Global Styles

Update from @nosolosw

Update from @hypest

  • Global Styles and mobile: Working on identifying tasks.

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.

  • Check out the 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 #feature-widgets-block-editor and various Widgets Screen issues on 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/.

Navigation block.

Update from @mkaz

Navigation Editor screen.

Full Site Editing

Update by @youknowriad

  • Still focusing on making sure the experience is as WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get What You See Is What You Get. Most commonly used in relation to editors, where changes made in edit mode reflect exactly as they will translate to the published page. as possible without requiring implicit theme styles.
  • Landing a PR to normalize “figure” element styles.
  • Then another one to reset the WP-Adminadmin (and super admin) styles properly in the editor canvas to avoid CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. bleed as much as we can.
  • I’m still iterating on the alignments/widths PR of that work.

Task Coordination


  • Would like to bring focus to this PR. Draft: Pulling JavaScript to the frontend from a Core Block. The PR will require enqueuing JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. on the front-end which has not been done from a coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. block before. The results of the PR can also help get an accordion block into Gutenberg. Associated merged PR should help enqueing assets.


  • Old project with new focus. To asynchronously load TinyMCE for the freeform block in certain circumstances. Need help in figuring out the particularities of how TinyMCE is integrated into WordPress core. I think it could be a huge performance win if we could offload TinyMCE from the initial page load.


  • Landed some fixes (adaptions to newer BlockEdit component is one), and an in-editor banner about deprecating the Classic editor in the apps.
  • In Progress: GSS support, Reusable blocks, removing ability to switch to the Classic editor, editor switch, dual-licensing Gutenberg, progress on Search block, progress adding search to the block inserter, progress on the embed block.
  • Blockers: We’re experiencing flakiness in the native mobile E2E tests, affecting many PRs and we’ll continue to work on fixing it.



  • Launched the next FSE call for testing and have been doing a fair bit of amplification.
  • Lots of feedback wrangling, issue testing, etc for the second call for testing with a draft in place for a summarized post.
  • Working on the next Core Editor Improvement post on the performance of the core editor itself.
  • Continued work on a “role of the gutenberg 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” post to clear up some confusion (TBD on when that’ll launch).








  • I’ve been helping with reviews, bugfixing, and getting inner blocks working on the quote block. My focus for next week is going to be quote plus tackling some tasks for global styles.

Open Floor


Gutenberg contributions are being prioritized by GoDaddy, so I’m spending time learning, and will be around the repo a bit more often. As part of that prioritization, I’m excited to welcome @mamaduka, who is joining the team full time for contribution to Gutenberg!

The third call for testing for the FSE Outreach Program that was launched yesterday! It’s centered around creating a custom (and fun) 404 page. Please help test or share the call for testing if you can’t — all of it helps. As always, join #fse-outreach-experiment if you want to stay tuned for more updates.

I would like to raise awareness of the ongoing discussion on dropping support for IE11, and invite anybody that hasn’t already to give their feedback on the subject by March 18th.

An issue, PR and release.

Emmanuel wanted to bring attention to the PR: Add preload_paths filter for widgets screen and full site editing.
As well as this issue: Widget-id value used to build form field ids isn’t consistent with hidden widget-id field.

He was also wondering about releases and @annezazu shared https://make.wordpress.org/core/2021/02/11/making-wordpress-releases-easier/
Update: Let’s move forward with the March release, a July release (to give folks time to adjust their company plans), and a final release in December. I will create a plan to help us lessen the burden of releases, and in December I will see what we’ve accomplished and get some 2022/23 target release months published.

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