Editor chat summary: Wednesday, 4 August 2021

This post summarizes the weekly editor chat meeting on Wednesday, 4 August 2021, 14:00 UTC held in Slack.

WordPress 5.8 final release

@jorgefilipecosta congratulated all the people that contribute to the WordPress 5.8 release. Adding that it was a big release that changed multiple things in the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., added part of the FSE engine, implemented 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. widgets between other big additions.

@youknowriad invited people to participate in a retrospective that is happening. And added the following:

One thing I didn’t share on my comment there is that we’ve been on a feature release work for a long time. I’d love if we can focus more on quality related work (polish/performance…). For instance if you worked on a feature on previous releases, what can you do today to make it better in terms of code, performance and maintenability.

What’s new in 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/ 11.2.0

@jorgefilipecosta announced that Gutenberg 11.2 was released before the chat, and asked people to report any regressionregression A software bug that breaks or degrades something that previously worked. Regressions are often treated as critical bugs or blockers. Recent regressions may be given higher priorities. A "3.6 regression" would be a bug in 3.6 that worked as intended in 3.5. found in their tests or if the update did not work as expected.

Project updates

Site Editor

@jorgefilipecosta submitted a PR that proposes a mosaic view one of the goals for July & August. The PE contains most of the functionality proposed in the mockups but not all of it because the PR was already huge. The PR also implemented the logic for an editor modes functionality that will be used to add the code editor in edit site very useful for example to full site editing theme developers.

Navigation block

@mkaz shared that, the Navigation Block is in a good state, still iterating but the next big step is a call for testing in the next week. And asked people to keep an eye out at #fse-outreach-experiment or the make.wordpress.org/test site. The team will collect feedback from that call to define what areas need focus, improving, and further iteration.



Native mobile application

Available in the next release:

  • “New block” block picker badge for 50% of users to measure performance.
  • Setting the featured imageFeatured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts. via the Image block directly.
  • Fixed a crash in the column block, and an issue with the “More” menu in the UBE.

In progress

  • Updated the Mobile Gallery Block Refactor (PR) with the changes from Web and merged it.
  • Block Picker Search, Embed block, editor onboarding help section, GSS Font size, line height, colors.

Task coordination


Is working on performance work. Has a PR improving inserter search performance.
Is also iterating on some layout-related additions. Like the block gap support.
Reviewing the PRs that he can help with.


Looks forward to getting back to polishing and improving the navigation block, list view, and a ton of other cool things, perhaps even a little framer animation! Is also going to land github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/32659 one of these days, and follow up with what that will mean for the Gallery block.


  • Finished working on adding support for variations in block.json file to WordPress core: As part of the efforts the same patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing. proposes a unified way to apply translations to block.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. and theme.json.
  • Finished working (together with @jsnajdr and @walbo) on webpack upgrade from v4 to v5 in the build tooling: It would be great to have a wider testing before the team lands it as it impacts Gutenberg, Storybook and all projects that use wordpress/scripts.


Mainly working with @joen on adding a Text field to the Link UI to improve the UX around adding links (mainly in the Nav Editor). Also taking a look at pattern-based solutions to some Widgets screen markup backwards compatibility problems. Starting to think about Navigation Editor and theme.json again.


His objectives for the week are:

  • Address feedback and merge the mosaic view PR
  • Propose a follow up PR with the remaining mosaic functionality.
  • Propose a PR with the code editor view on the site editor.
  • Investigate and improve the performance of the site editor.
  • Submit some site editor 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 and code quality/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. improvements.
  • Review the locking improvement proposal.

Open floor

Alignments in the shortcodeShortcode A shortcode is a placeholder used within a WordPress post, page, or widget to insert a form or function generated by a plugin in a specific location on your site. block

@paaljoachim share the following:

The Shortcode block does not have alignment or a way to add a custom CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets.. Here is a conversation in 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/. which would be helpful to take a closer look at: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C02QB2JS7/p1627590018095900

Adding that he is hoping that we can improve the shortcode block, as it is very limited in functionality.

@jorgefilipecosta said that for this use case the shortcode should be nested inside a group block.

@paaljoachim added that the shortcode is not working well inside the group block and as a follow up is going to open an issue so the team can investigate this further. The issue was created after the chat.

Wassim Boussebha new contributor presentation

Wassim Boussebha introduced himself to the participants of the chat:

I am Wassim Boussebha 18 years old,  computer science student in first year , I am interested to contribute to gutenberg project and be one of the maintainers in the future, currently I am learning computer science basics and foundations including algorithms, computer operating systems,databases….

Adding that he would like to know what is the specific tech stack that would allow him to contribute and work on this project and if it would be possible to provide some orientation.

@jorgefilipecosta thanked Wassim Boussebha for the interest in contributing. And together with @paaljoachim shared links to some tutorials, explained the tech stack, and referred what could be the first issues Wassim can work on. @jorgefilipecosta added that the team is available on slack to help with any blocking points while trying to contribute.

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