Navigation Editor Hallway Hangout: compare/contrast the old and new screens

Date: August 24, 2021, at 09:00 UTC

Format: Zoom (recorded). A link will be shared in the #feature-navigation-block-editor slack channel shortly before the meeting is due to commence.

Length: 45 – 60mins. No more.

Topic: comparing and contrasting the classic menu screen with the experimental 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 navigation screen.

Goal: derive a list of tasks that are required in order for the two screens to have feature parity (from both UXUX User experience and UIUI User interface perspectives).


Intended Audience: past and future contributors to the navigation editor and block. Contributors to other related parts of WordPress.

Note Taker: any volunteers to be the official note keeper?


Please could participants test drive the old and new screens. Try creating the same menus on both screens.

Then come prepared with features they feel are missing from the block-based Navigation screen that are present in the classic Menu screen, or any bugs encountered.

Image showing both the new and current navigation experiences with text saying "A new navigation editing experience is coming...".



  • Facilitator introductions.
  • Welcome to attendees.
  • Recap hangout topic and goal.
  • Terminology – block-based vs classic Navigation screens.


  • Explain the format.
  • Facilitator will share screen to demonstrate which parts of the experience are being discussed.
  • Questions to consider about the new screen:
    • Where is it lacking polish?
    • What bugs are in evidence?
    • What steps are harder to achieve?
    • What steps are not possible to achieve?
    • What steps are easier to achieve?
    • What features are entirely missing?


  • Brief summary of key discussion points from notetaker.
  • Summary of action points including Issues to be created or further explorations required.
  • Next steps.
  • Thanks.

#block-editor, #feature-navigation-block-editor, #gutenberg, #menus