Editor chat summary: Wednesday, 28 July 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, July 28, 2021, 14:00 UTC.

WordPress 5.8

WordPress 5.8 was released on 20th July check out the release post for a complete list of features and enhancements.

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/ 11.1.0

Gutenberg 11.1.0 was released on 21st July check out the release post for a complete list of features and enhancements:

Gutenberg 11.2.0

Gutenberg 11.2.0 RC is now available for testing.

Monthly Plan

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

  • Global Styles.
  • 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.-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.
  • Navigation block.
  • Full Site Editing.

For a detailed plan check out monthly priorities post.

Updates on the key projects


For the Mobile side of things we have:

  • Soon Working to update the Mobile Gallery Block Refactor with the changes from Web, should be ready this week.
  • Work for the iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. share extension on hold as we investigate some of the technical challenges there
    In Progress:
  • Editor Onboarding.
  • Adding search to the block inserter.
  • Embed block.
  • Integration tests.
  • Support GSS Font Settings and specific text color settings.


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.


  • I’m working on the Flex Layout a bit, and experimenting with multi-layout architecture for inner blocks
  • I’ve also spent some time on performance jobs, tooling around that and I’m planning to continue that a bit
  • Reviewing a number of PRs



  • Refactored Post Author component for editor. It now only makes one request to render the component instead of four.
  • Deprecated getAuthors data selector in favor of getUsers.
  • Fixed regression in withFontSizes HOC. I would love to get some feedback on this PR and maybe ship with 5.8.1.
  • Now it’s possible to pass context to getUser and similar data selector shortcuts.
  • Worked on flaky “Block Hierarchy Navigation” test issue.
  • Fixed issue when hitting maxLength in FormTokenField component triggered an error


  • I was out last week but am working on a few things this week for the #fse-outreach-experiment including a hallway hangout happening likely tomorrow (to be announced soon), a survey of block theme authors, and the next call for testing.
  • Working to try to update the github template to use forms as well to perhaps make it easier for people to report issues.
  • Hoping to fit in some time to triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. too.

Open Floor


  • If it’s okay, I’d be interested in shadowing someone close to my timezone (JST, so I’m guessing APAC or EU would work best) on a Gutenberg release, to learn more about what’s involved.
  • I’d eventually love to be able to help with running one, and hoping that would help with learning about the knowledge gaps to fill.


  • Could whoever is running 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 release today please let me know how they found the automated changelog feature grouping? I worked on a couple of PRs on that and I’m curious to know whether anything could be improved. My DM’s are open.
  • Also on that note, please can I make a plea for folks to consider being even more proactive in assigning labels to 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/ Issues? With the correct labels assigned creating the release changelog can be far more automated. I’ve noticed a number of recent PRs without any labels and so I’m hopeful that we can reverse that trend for the benefit of the release leads. Much appreciated.


  • I try to label the issues, but can do same for PRs as well 

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